Globalization is a term that is increasingly used to rationalize a wide range of economic and political processes and explain a plethora of cultural, economic and social processes. Despite this, it is rarely well defined or critically appraised. As both a process and political agenda, it is a theme that has become increasingly pervasive in human geography written in the last 20 years. "Geographies of Globalization" critically engages with the contested concept of globalization from an explicitly human geographical viewpoint, illustrating how an appreciation of the principles of the discipline is fundamental to understanding this phenomenon. It also analyses the geographical work of non-geographers. Part 1 introduces the concept of globalization, while also discussing various theories and perspectives, drawing out their spatial ramifications and placing them in historical perspective. Part 2 breaks down and analyses the process into overlapping economic, political and socio-economic spheres emphasizing the links and breaks between change in these areas. The environmental impacts of globalization are integrated throughout. Part 3 uses case studies from the UK, USA, Argentina and Mozambique to ground the processes introduced in the previous part. Part 4 draws together the theoretical, historical and empirical analysis in order to reflect on the changing nature of globalization, resistance to it and the implications of this for human geography. In summarizing and analyzing the major arguments put forward to explain, promote and criticize globalization, the reader is provided with a critical resource through which to make sense of the confusing array of competing perspectives.Boxed sections highlight and explain "key concepts" in a jargon free manner and showcase classic and innovative work by geographers in the field. The book is highly illustrated with figures and photographs, as well as chapter summaries and annotated further reading.
'The book is very well written, carrying the reader along with all the zest and enthusiasm that characterise a winner of one of the 2006 national tertiary teaching awards. Reading it often seems like being in a high-energy classroom.' - New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences
'A valid contribution to the globalisation literature as an introductory level or foundation text, combining key themes and empirical case studies with some key theoretical ideas. As part of the Routledge Contemporary Human Geography Series the book serves its role as a teaching aid, providing a concise introduction to the subject while is also amenable to delivery as, or as an accompaniment to, an undergraduate lecture courses.'- Tim Vorley, University of Leicester
'The structure of the book is logical and captures the key themes associated with globalisation, and is very accessible and extremely student friendly. It's an excellent book.' - Tim Vorley, University of Leicester
'Geographies of Globalisation is written in a very clear, accessible and concise manner and is a book that offers students something of a route-map through the uncertainty, confusion and misunderstandings that surround this now widely debated phenomenon.' - New Zealand Geographer 2006
'This book will travel well beyond the discipline of geography and will be equally useful for students of a range of other social science disciplines.' - Marcus Power, Department of Geography, University of Durham
'Geographies of Globalization is a must read. It offers reasons why geographers have been marginal to the wider globalization debates, an agenda for rectifying this issue, and a call to arms to geographers on how to make their discipline distinct and valuable to the debates.' - Canadian Geographer Review
'I am certain that Geographies of Globalization will make an excellent text for many geography courses that focus on globalization' - Annals of the AAG