A Discourse on Transnational Crisis of Legitimation

Friday, July 18, 2014: 8:30 AM
Room: 315
Oral Presentation
Adebayo M.A. NINALOWO , Sociology, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Historically, instances of transnational interactions between dominant and subordinate societies, through the instrumentality of the political state, had been anchored on particularistic vested interests that may quite often be of asymmetrical advantage, or may not necessarily be of mutual benefits. It is argued that transnational socio-political, economic, cultural, military expressions of hegemony (or pervasive domination) are invariably in tandem with the particularistic vested interests of dominant forces of imperialism. By the same token, parties(i.e., societies/political states) in situations of subordination suffer deficits, as a consequence of their vested interests being undermined due to exigencies of unequal exchange. However, imperialist forces of hegemony are quite often challenged, as expressed by counter-hegemony or crisis of legitimation, in reponse to conflictual vested interests. Pursuance and propagation of multi-lateral vested interests are quite often enforced militarily by transnational hegemonic blocs, irrespective of potential or actual resistance. Hence, the enduring widespread global instances of legitimation crisis, which may be construed(or be misconstrued) as acts of "terrorism".