Globalization: Key Thinkers / Edition 1

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Globalization: Key Thinkers offers a critical commentary on the leading thinkers in the contemporary globalization debate, as well as new arguments about the future direction of globalization thinking. The book guides the reader through the key arguments of leading thinkers, explaining their place in the wider globalization debate and evaluating their critical reception.

Eleven thematic chapters focus on one or two key thinkers covering every aspect of the globalization debate from the theoretical arguments of Anthony Giddens and Manuel Castells to the positive arguments of Thomas Friedman and Martin Wolf and the reforming ideas of Joseph Stiglitz. Other chapters variously address the ideas of lmmanuel Wallerstein, Arjun Appadurai, Paul Hirst, Naomi klein, Grahame Thompson, David Held, Anthony McGrew, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Saskia Sassen and Peter Dicker, among others. Each chapter also provides some carefully selected recommendations for further reading for the thinkers discussed. The book ends with a concluding chapter that examines how thinking about globalization is likely to develop in future. Whilst individual chapters can stand alone, the book is designed as a whole to enhance the reader's understanding of how different thinkers' ideas relate and contrast to each other.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Undergraduate students or anyone else looking for a clear,well-informed introduction to globalisation and its literatureshould find the book readable and rewarding; readers more familiarwith its subject should find it stimulating."
Political Studies Review

"An excellent guide to the works of leading globalizationthinkers. More than a regular 'reader' on globalization; Jonesoffers his own analysis, distils the various criticisms andevaluates the thinker's contributions against the historicalcontext of his or her key works."
Geografiska Annaler B

"This imaginative book offers an excellent grand tour of themonumental works by 18 leading thinkers of contemporaryglobalization. Written in a highly systematic and yet criticalmanner, Jones' book clearly stands out as the key introductoryreference in the messy jungle of globalization studies."
Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore

"Andrew Jones has produced an absorbing and detailed analysis ofsome of the key writers on globalisation that provides a timely andcritical assessment of the current state of knowledge in thissomewhat crowded field."
Diane Perrons, London School of Economics

"This book offers a rather unique and original means ofunderstanding the different perspectives on globalization. It cutsthrough jargon and presents in a clear fashion the arguments of thekey thinkers."
Stephen D. Morris, Tennessee State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745643229
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Series: Polity Key Thinkers Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 913,328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Jones is Reader in Economic Geography at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Thinking About Globalization 1

2 Systemic Thinking: Immanuel Wallerstein 19

3 Conceptual Thinking Anthony Giddens 36

4 Sociological Thinking Manuel Castells 54

5 Transformational Thinking David Held Anthony McGrew 72

6 Sceptical Thinking Paul Hirst Grahame Thompson 91

7 Spatial Thinking Peter Dicken Saskia Sassen 110

8 Positive Thinking Thomas Friedman Martin Wolf 130

9 Reformist Thinking Joseph Stiglitz 148

10 Radical Thinking Naomi Klein George Monbiot Subcomandante Marcos 168

11 Revolutionary Thinking Michael Hardt Antonio Negri 191

12 Cultural Thinking Arjun Appadurai 209

13 Conclusion: Rethinking Globalization (again) 227

Notes 247

References 248

Index 254

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