The Global Studies Reader (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199338467

Manfred B. Steger
384 Pages
166 x 234 mm
Pub date
Sep 2014
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The Global Studies Reader, Second Edition, offers an accessible introduction to globalization that will provide students with a better understanding of what constitutes Global Studies-the transdisciplinary field dedicated to the study of globalization. Thus, the book has been carefully designed to provide a representative selection of transdisciplinary writings appropriate for undergraduate students in Global Studies. This book brings together in a single volume some of the best pieces on the subject written by recognized scholars. These twenty seminal contributions have been kept to an easily digestible length while at the same time covering the major dimensions of globalization: politics and societies; economies and technologies; cultures and histories; and spaces and environments. Although The Global Studies Reader purposely contains no additional sectional introductions that might interrupt the conceptual flow of the writings, it offers at the end of each of its four parts five discussion points designed to help clarify the authors' arguments and to stimulate further conversation. You will also find suggestions for additional readings and recommended websites to guide students' further research.


Introduction: What Is Global Studies?
1. Five Meanings of Global Civil Society
Mary Kaldor
2. Framing Global Governance, Five Gaps
Ramesh Thakur and Thomas G. Weiss
3. Political Ideologies in the Age of Globalization
Manfred B. Steger
4. Globalization and the Emergence of World Social Forums
Jackie Smith, Marina Karides, Marc Becker, Dorval Brunelle, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Donatella della Porta, Rosalba Icaza Garza, Jeffrey S. Juris, Lorenzo Mosca, Ellen Reese, Peter (Jay) Smith, and Rolando Vasquez
5. Global Media, Mobilization, and Revolution: The Arab Spring
Hans Schattle
Discussion Points & Guide to Further Readings and Recommended Websites
6. How Small Entrepreneurs Clothe East Africa with Old American T-Shirts
Pietra Rivoli
7. The Specter that Haunts the Global Economy: The Challenge of Global Feminism
Valentine Moghadam
8. Designing Capitalism 3.0
Dani Rodrik
9. The Global Network Society
Manuel Castells
10. The Googlization of Us: Universal Surveillance and Infrastructural Imperialism
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Discussion Points & Guide to Further Readings and Recommended Websites
11. Globalization: Long Term Process or New Era in Human Affairs?
William H. McNeill
12. Slaves, Germs, and Trojan Horses
Nayan Chanda
13. Culture: The Glocal Game, Cosmopolitanism and Americanization
Richard Giulanotti and Roland Robertson
14. The American Global Cultural Brand
Lane Crothers
15. The Religion Market
Olivier Roy
Discussion Points & Guide to Further Readings and Recommended Websites
16. The Urban Climacteric
Mike Davis
17. The Improbable Life of an Urban Patch: Deciphering the Hidden Logic of Global Urban Growth
Jeb Brugmann
18. Mobile Global Citizens
Luis Cabrera
19. An Overheated Planet
Peter Christoff and Robyn Eckersley
20. The One-Degree War
Paul Gilding
Discussion Points & Guide to Further Readings and Recommended Websites

About the author: 

Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Senior Advisor on International Education and Globalization to the Dean of Social Sciences. He is also the Research Leader of the Globalization and Culture Program in RMIT University's Global Cities Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He has served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department and as an advisor to the PBS TV series, Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books on globalization, global history, 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 (Oxford University Press, 2008); the award-winning Globalisms: The Great Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century, 3rd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); Globalization: A Very Short Introduction, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013).

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