The Brexit vote; the election of Trump; the upsurge of European nationalism; the devolution of the Arab Spring; global violence; Chinese expansionism; disruptive climate change; the riotous instabilities of the world capitalist system…While diverse in nature, these events share a common denominator: they are less a failure of policy, and more a complex social psychological reaction to globalization, the result of which presently threatens our survival on Earth.

Based on a critical reading of Freud’s Civilization and its discontents, The defiance of global commitment constructs a complex social psychology of how people all over the world are addressing globalization. Drawing on the latest advances in the cognitive, social, and complexity sciences, this timely volume presents a global model of defiance and the triangular tensions between nostalgic retreat, global aggression, and civil society, as manifested in forms ranging from nostalgic resentment and LGBTQI issues to racism and ecological aggression.

Revealing how globalization and its discontents manifest the darker reaches of the human psyche and its conflicted relations with others, this insightful monograph will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as globalization studies, complexity sciences and social psychology.

chapter |12 pages


part I|2 pages

Oceanic feeling and the pursuit of happiness

chapter 1|8 pages

Oceanic commitment and the global

Fostering a complex systems view of the world

chapter 2|12 pages

We are condemned to seek happiness

part II|4 pages


chapter 3|36 pages

The impossible promise of globalization

Globalization and fear of the global

chapter 4|24 pages

The impossible promise of globalization

Nostalgic retreat and the importance of society

part III|2 pages

Idstincts/drive and repression/resistance

chapter 5|30 pages

Idstincts and drives

An embodied-mind approach

chapter 6|24 pages

Repression and resistance

A complex social psychology of global power

part IV|2 pages

Sex, aggression, and death

chapter 7|35 pages

Sex, sexuality, and gender

chapter 8|36 pages

Aggression, otherness, and death