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Globalization, networks and networking have become buzzwords in contemporary life. But how are they connected, and why do networks matter? This book offers the first systematic study of global networks. Written by an established and popular author, Global Networks demonstrates how social, technological and interpersonal networks organize global society, and help to drive social change. Drawing vivid examples from the past and present, Robert Holton provides a refreshingly accessible and engaging approach to this expanding field of study. He considers a diverse range of international global network types, from business and politics, to terrorism and the arts, and explores the roles played by particular individuals.

In particular, this book: draws from and critically evaluates leading theories, including the influential work of Manuel Castells, and assembles new evidence to explain key issues, offers a unique typology of global networks, provides a missing historical dimension to previous global network research, includes practical insights into how to research global networks. A sequell to the author's Making Globalization, this interesting and innovative text shows that peoples still matter in the processes of making resisting and reshaping globalization. Offering a comprehensive overview and detailed analysis, this book is essential reading for all students and sociologists interested in globalization and contemporary social change.

About the Author:
Robert J. Holton is Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230521056
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT HOLTON is a leading historical sociologist. Currently Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin, he is the author of a number of books and articles on social theory and globalization. His books include Globalization and the Nation-State (Macmillan 1998) and Making Globalization (Palgrave 2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     ix
Acknowledgements     x
List of Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Making Globalization: Complexity, Human Agency and History     7
Plan of the Book     12
Towards a Theory of Global Networks     17
Manuel Castells and the Theory of Network Society     17
Evaluating Castells     21
Network Analysis, Networks as a Major Organizational Form and the Transition to Global Network Research     29
Markets, Hierarchies and Networks     32
Networks as a Distinct Organizational Form     35
Linking Network Theories with Globalization     39
Global Networks from Below     41
Are 'Global Networks' Really Global?     42
Conclusion     47
Methodologies of Global Network Analysis     49
Global Network Research and Social Network Analysis     49
Network Morphology     52
Using Network Morphologies     65
How Do We Know When a Global Network Exists? Some Quantitative and Qualitative Research Strategies     67
Research in Multiple Settings     70
Historical Sources on Global Networks     72
Conclusion     76
Global Network Types     77
Identifying Global Network Types     77
A Compendium of Network Types     80
Conclusion     104
On the Importance of Particular Persons     106
In Search of Particular Persons     106
Networks and Particular Persons: Some Sociological Themes     109
The Uneasy Location of Particular Persons within Sociology     112
Reputation and Networks: Some Introductory Issues     115
Reputation through Global Networks of Particular Persons     118
Friendship, Kinship and Sociability     124
Conclusion     131
Global Networks and Cross-Cultural Engagement     133
Some Introductory Issues     134
Analysing Culture     137
Problems with Essentialist Views of Culture     138
Problems with Said's Critique of Orientalism     141
Intercultural Engagement and the Place of Global Networks     143
Intercultural Engagement and Empire     145
Global Networks around Rabindranath Tagore     147
The Emergence of a Global Public Sphere     152
Beyond Elites and Leadership through Networks     161
Conclusion     165
Politics and Global Networks      167
Politics in Relation to Markets, Hierarchies and Networks     169
Global Networks and Democracy     174
Global Civil Society?     178
Global Networks and Elites     183
Global Networks, Democracy, and the Challenge of War and Conflict     187
Conclusion     191
Prospects and Challenges     192
Networks and Contemporary Society     192
Network Challenges to State-Centric Organization     194
Beyond a Top-down Approach to Networks     196
What is Global about Global Networks?     197
Methodological Glocalism     199
Bibliography     201
Index     221
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