OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Pages
176 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Apr 2017
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Completely revised and updated to include the latest developments in the field of global studies
  • Shows how the transformative powers of globalization reach deeply into the political, cultural, technological, and ecological dimensions of contemporary social life
  • Explores the ideological aspects of globalization - looking at political movements both for and against globalization
  • Includes discussion of contemporary issues such as the rise of ISIL and related radical Islamist groups like Boko Haram, new waves of civil wars in Syria/Iraq/Yemen/Nigeria, and the EU fiscal crisis
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold

New to this Edition:

  • Considers the growing power of a 'women & education centered discourse' in the Muslim world embodied by Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousefzai
  • Analyses the intensification of surveillance and the Edward Snowden affair
  • Discusses the so-called 'decline of the US' and the 'rise of the rest' (especially China and India)
  • Includes a new section on the rise of robot technology and new war technology with civilian usage such as drones
  • Considers the impact of social networking technology, and also new identity discussions around gender fluidity and sex change
  • Analyses the Ebola crisis in West Africa

'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.

Index: 

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
References
Further Reading
Index

About the author: 

Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Honorary Professor of Global Studies, RMIT University
 
Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Honorary Professor of Global Studies at RMIT University (Melbourne, AUS). He also served as a globalization consultant for the U.S. Department of State. He is the author or editor of twenty-five books on globalization and the history of political ideas, including The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror (OUP, 2008); the award-winning Globalisms: The Great Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century, 3rd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); and What Is Global Studies?(Routledge, 2016).

"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

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