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The global complexities of 11th September.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Theory, Culture and Society
Issue number4
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)57-69
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article assesses whether some notions from complexity or non-linear theory help to make sense of September 11th. This relates to the author's more general concern, to interrogate `globalization' through the prism of complexity. Some of the topics investigated in this article include the nature of networked relationships between the macro and micro levels, the character of a liquid and mobile power, the differentiation between and juxtapositions of wild and safe zones, the world-wide screening of certain global events, the unpredictability and irreversibility of time, the nature of attractors, and the more general character of systems that are neither ordered nor wholly anarchic remaining `on the edge of chaos'.