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Globalization: Debunking the Myths



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  • Globalization


This book presents a clear and balanced perspective of the dangers and possibilities inherent in the unfolding process known as globalization from both proponents' and opponents' points-of-view. Globalization in the Twenty-First Century, Economic Globalization, Multinational Corporations, Transnationalization of the State And System, Globalization and the Environment, and Cultural Globalization. For anyone who wants an accessible, unbiased presentation of globalization.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Struggle to Understand Globalization in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 1
Globalism and Globalizationp. 2
Globalizationp. 4
Whither Globalization?p. 6
Globalization as a New World Shangri-lap. 6
Globalization and a Brave New World Reprisedp. 9
Plan of the Bookp. 11
Untangling Globalizationp. 17
Economic Globalizationp. 19
Political Globalizationp. 21
Cultural Globalizationp. 23
The Multidimensionality of Globalizationp. 24
Economic Globalization: Market Integrationp. 29
Introduction: The Logic of Global Economic Engagementp. 29
Reality Check: Integration in Finance and Tradep. 31
Debunking the Myths: Exclusion from the Clubp. 33
Conclusion: Incomplete Integrationp. 36
Economic Globalization: Growth, Development, Promise, and Anxietyp. 41
Introduction: The Neoliberal Promise and Hopep. 41
Reality Check: Development, Growth, and Poverty Reductionp. 42
Debunking the Myths: Why the Neoliberal Model Fails Poor Statesp. 45
Conclusion: Making Globalization Work for Allp. 51
The Political Challenges of Globalizationp. 56
Introduction: Great Expectations or False Hopes?p. 56
Reality Check: Marginalization, Fragmentation, Disintegrationp. 57
Debunking the Myths: Self-Empowerment and NGOsp. 60
Conclusion: "Fragmengration"p. 66
Political Globalization: Sovereignty Under Siege?p. 71
Introduction: Globalization and State Sovereigntyp. 71
Reality Check: Economic Sovereignty Redefinedp. 72
Debunking the Myths: The Age of Micro- and Macro-Governmentsp. 75
Conclusion: The Future of the Nation-Statep. 80
Cultural Globalization: Homogenization, Harmony, Resistance, and Discordp. 86
Introduction: The Backlash Against Cultural Globalizationp. 86
Reality Check: The Americanization of the Globe?p. 92
Debunking the Myths: The Globalization of Americap. 93
Conclusion: The Evolution of Global Culture, the "Glocal"p. 96
Globalization and the Environmentp. 102
Introduction: Race to the Bottomp. 102
Reality Check: Over-Exaggerationp. 104
Debunking the Myths: Global Partnerp. 109
Conclusion: Sustainable Development via the Environment Meets Globalizationp. 113
Globalization for All?p. 120
Globalization's Bleak Future Prospectsp. 120
Globalization's Hope: Confronting Poverty and Political Indifferencep. 124
Bibliographyp. 128
Indexp. 148
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