The Great Derangement: An Assessment of Globalisation
There is, in today’s Guardian, a very intelligent review, written by Pankaj Mishra, of Amitav Ghosh’s assessment of globalisation entitled The Great Derangement and of Gideon Rachman’s Easternisation. The summary of Ghosh’s The Great Derangement particularly resonated with me because “derangement” is one of the words I’ve used in the past to sum up what Jean Gebser means by “mental-rational consciousness structure” now functioning in “deficient mode”. That just means deranged, after all.
Both books may be significant contributions to globalisation studies. They both also seem to address themes raised in The Chrysalis. But Ghosh’s The Great Derangement may be especially rewarding for students of Jean Gebser, since it seems to speak to globalisation in terms of the nature of the consciousness structure that shapes globalisation and underpins its ideology, which is a rare enough approach. My sense is that Ghosh, particularly, in writing of “derangement,” has seen the same defect in the mental-rational consciousness that informs Gebser’s diagnosis of its “deficiency” in his cultural philosophy.