Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780198849452

Manfred B. Steger
192 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
May 2020
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

New to this Edition:

  • Engages with the current populist challenges to globalization
  • Offers a balanced appraisal of the current status of globalization - both the idea and the process
  • Discusses the rapid evolution of new technologies, and their impact on globalization

We live today in an interconnected world in which ordinary people can became instant online celebrities to fans thousands of miles away, in which religious leaders can influence millions globally, in which humans are altering the climate and environment, and in which complex social forces intersect across continents. This is globalization.
In the fifth edition of his bestselling Very Short Introduction Manfred B. Steger considers the major dimensions of globalization: economic, political, cultural, ideological, and ecological. He looks at its causes and effects, and engages with the hotly contested question of whether globalization is, ultimately, a good or a bad thing. From climate change to the Ebola virus, Donald Trump to Twitter, trade wars to China's growing global profile, Steger explores today's unprecedented levels of planetary integration as well as the recent challenges posed by resurgent national populism.


Preface to the fifth edition
List of abbreviations
List of illustrations
List of maps
List of figures
1: What is globalization?
2: Globalization in history
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: Ideological confrontations over globalization
8: The future of globalization

About the author: 

Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai'i-Manoa & Global Professorial Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Global Professorial Fellow at Western Sydney University. He also served as a globalization consultant for the U.S. Department of State. He is the author or editor of twenty-seven books on globalization and social theory, including The Rise of the Global Imaginary (Oxford University Press, 2008); the award-winning Globalisms: Facing the Populist Challenge, 4th ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020); and Globalization Matters: Engaging the Global in Unsettled Times (with Paul James, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

(Review from previous edition) "This work is concise and accessible and to be recommended to a general audience seeking to gain a first overview of the broad and complex dynamics connected to the term "globalization." - Dominic Sachsenmaier, The American Historical Review

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