'Globalization' has become one of the defining buzzwords of our time - a term that describes a variety of accelerating economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are rapidly altering our experience of the world. It is by its nature a dynamic topic. This Very Short Introduction has been fully updated for a fourth edition, to include recent developments in global politics, the global economy, and environmental issues.
Presenting globalization as a multifaceted process encompassing global, regional, and local aspects of social life, Manfred B. Steger looks at its causes and effects, examines whether it is a new phenomenon, and explores the question of whether, ultimately, globalization is a good or a bad thing. In this fourth edition Steger discusses some of the key features of recent years, such as the EU fiscal crisis, the rise of robot technology and new war technology with civilian usage such as drones, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and new identity discussions around gender fluidity and sex change in the media.
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eminently readable and dazzlingly erudite ... The book is a brief but brilliant exploration of a topic that must be of central importance to anyone concerned for global food security and, indeed, the very future of our planet. * David S. Ingram, Food Security *
Simultaneously erudite and accessible, Manfred Steger's book is also very comprehensive and up to date in these complex, puzzling times. * Roland Robertson, Universities of Pittsburgh and Aberdeen *
Simply brilliant. Steger is a masterful guide through the complex morass of issues concerning globalization. The book draws on a life-time of deep research while engaging vibrantly with a fast-changing world. * Professor Paul James, Director of the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University *
Simply brilliant. Steger is a masterful guide through the complex morass of issues concerning globalization. The book draws on a life-time of deep research while engaging vibrantly with a fast-changing world. * Dr Paul James, Director of the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University *
Preface to the fourth edition
List of abbreviations
List of illustrations
List of maps
List of figures
1: Globalization: a contested concept
2: Globalization in history: is globalization a new phenomenon?
3: The economic dimension of globalization
4: The political dimension of globalization
5: The cultural dimension of globalization
6: The ecological dimension of globalization
7: Ideologies of globalization: market globalism, justice globalism, religious globalisms
8: The future of globalization
Series: Very Short Introductions
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 7th April 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 11.43
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised