Globalization : A Basic Text

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-24
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The first full-scale textbook of its kind, Globalization provides a balanced introduction to the major topics in globalization studies. Develops a unique perspective on globalization early in the book and uses it throughout to orient and organize discussion of a wide range of topics and parts of the world Integrated use of a wide array of materials- empirical research, theories, newspaper and magazine articles, monographs, popular books, etc Makes extensive use of maps throughout to illustrate key points about globalization Includes a glossary of key terms Designed to work either on its own or as a package with an accompanying cross-referenced reader constructed around the basic concepts of globalization

Author Biography

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and his awards include the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award. He has authored numerous books, including several student textbooks, and is editor of The Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007 and continuing online), and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization (forthcoming). His books, the best-known of which is The McDonaldization of Society (1993; 2008), have been translated into over twenty languages.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Globalization I: Liquids, Flows, and Structures
Some of the Basics
From Solids to Liquids (to Gases
Does Globalization Hop Rather Than Flow?
Heavy, Light, Weightless
Heavy Structures That Expedite Flows
Heavy Structures as Barriers to Flows
Subtler Structural Barriers
Structure and Process
On the Increasing Ubiquity of Global Flows (and Processes) and Structures
Thinking About Global Flows and Structures
Chapter Summary
Globalization II: Some Basic Issues, Debates, and Controversies
Is There Such a Thing as Globalization?
If There Is Such a Thing as Globalization, When Did It Begin?
Globalization or Globalizations?
What Drives Globalization?
If There Is Such a Thing as Globalization, Is It Inexorable?
Does Globaphilia or Globaphobia Have the Upper Hand?
If Globalization Is Not Inexorable, Has It Gone Too Far?
What, if Anything, Can be Done About Globalization?
Chapter Summary
Globalization and Related Processes I: Imperialism, Colonialism, Development, Westernization, Easternization
Comparisons with Globalization
The Era of the "Posts"
Chapter Summary
Globalization and Related Processes II: Americanization and Anti-Americanism
Clarifying Americanization
Some Useful Conceptual Distinctions
America∆s Logistical Technologies
A Broader and Deeper View of the Americanization of Consumer Culture
An American Empire?
Minimizing the Importance of Americanization
Chapter Summary
Neo-Liberalism: Roots, Principles, Criticisms, and Neo-Marxian Alternatives
The Past, Present, and Future of Neo-Liberalism
Neo-Liberalism: An Exemplary Statement and the Basic Principles
Popular Neo-Liberal "Theory": The Case of Thomas Friedman
Critiquing Neo-Liberalism
Neo-Liberalism as Exception
Neo-Liberalism: The Case of Israel
The End of History
The Death of Neo-Liberalism?
Neo-Marxian Theoretical Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism
Chapter Summary
Global Political Structures and Processes
On Political Processes and Flows
The Nation-State
Threats to the Nation-State
In Defense of the Nation-State
"Imagined Community"
Changes in Global Nation-State Relations
Other Global Political Developments and Structures
Regional Political Organizations
Global Governance
Civil Society
Other Players
Chapter Summary
Structuring the Global Economy
Before Bretton Woods
Bretton Woods and the Bretton Woods System
The End of Bretton Woods
Changes in, and Critiques of, Bretton-Woods-Era Organizations
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD
European Union (Common Market
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA
The Multinational Corporation (MNC
World Economic Forum
The Myth of Economic Globalization?
Chapter Summary
Global Economic Flows: Production and Consumption
Increasing Competition for Commodities
The Economic Impact of the Flow of Oil
Race to the Bottom and Upgrading
Financial Globalization
Corporations, People, and Ideas
Chapter Summary
Global Culture and Cultural Flows
Cultural Differentialism
Cultural Hybridization
Cultural Convergence
Cultural Imperialism
Chapter Summary
High-Tech Global Flows and Structures: Technology, Media, and the Internet
The Internet
Chapter Summary
Global Flows of People: Vagabonds and Tourists
Tourists and Tourism
Chapter Summary
Global Environmental Flows
Differences among Nation-States
The Leading Environmental Problems
Global Responses
Chapter Summary
Negative Global Flows and Processes: Dangerous Imports, Diseases, Crime, Terrorism, War
Dangerous Imports
Borderless Diseases
The Impact of Negative Global Flows on Individuals
Chapter Summary
Global Inequalities I: Patterns of Inequality
Chapter Summary
Global Inequalities II: Global MajorityŻMinority Relations
MajorityŻMinority Relations in a Global Context
Social Definitions
Race and Ethnicity
Sexual Minorities: Gays and Lesbians
Responding to and Resisting Minority Status: The Case of Women
Chapter Summary
Dealing with, Resisting, and the Futures of, Globalization
Dealing with Globalization
Resisting Globalization
The Futures of Globalization
Chapter Summary
Appendix: Disciplinary Approaches to Globalization
Political Science
Literary Criticism (Postcolonial
Other Fields
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