Globalization and Social Exclusion: A Transformationalist Perspective

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* First book to study the intersection of globalization and social exclusion
* This renowned author has published over 20 books on issues of globalization and development studies
* Author directed the Globalization and Social Exclusion Unit at the University of Liverpool

We inhabit a world of consequences and butterfly effects. When global economies integrate, what disintegrates as a result? The answer, Ronaldo Munck contends, is social equality. This is the first book to view globalization through the lens of social exclusion—defined as all the ways in which people are prevented from obtaining the necessities of life.

To illustrate how globalization deepens the existing inequities of race, place, gender, and class, in both the global North and South, the author highlights disparities in living conditions; the feminization of poverty and the global sex trade; the effects of racism, migration, and multiculturalism; and the formation and political manifestations of social class.

He boldly develops a politics and ethics of transformation to move us beyond social exclusion—even beyond mere social inclusion. He provides us with the tools to transform society from within, creating a more democratic and just global order.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An important text for students and faculty, Munck has written a comprenenshive and cogent road map of globalization that places inequality at the forefront."

"This is not simply one more book on globalization but a radical, scholarly, and engaged attempt to say something new about exactly how the present form of capitalist globalization does not minimize social exclusion, as its proponents claim, but actually intensifies it all over the world."

"Amid the vast array of manifestos, scholarly essays, anthologies, and books that have been made available since the late 90s, Munck's book marks itself as a useful cognitive map of these "interesting times." A distinguished sociologist who has "always tried to to make sociology relevant to society and engaged on behalf of the disempowered" - has benefited from his own hindsight and from the lessons of recent history."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565491939
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronaldo Munck is currently working at the President’s Office at Dublin City University as strategic director of the university’s engagement with globalization and social development. He was recently Professor of Political Sociology and Head of the Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit at the University of Liverpool. He has published over twenty books in the areas of development studies, labor studies, and the new globalization studies. He is currently researching the role of global social movements in regulating free market global capitalism.

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Table of Contents

1) Globalization: Threat or Opportunity? 2) Social Exclusion: The New Poverty 3) Global Integration—Social Disintegration 4) Global Places—Spaces of Exclusion 5) Gender and Global Inequality 6) ‘Race’, Migration and Citizenship 7) Class, Inequalities and Exclusion 8) Beyond Social Exclusion?

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