Globalization: The Making of World Society / Edition 1

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Globalization: The Making of World Society is a stimulating, state-of-the-art text for any student of globalization, beginner or advanced.

  • Makes a big, abstract topic very accessible through illustration with everyday experience
  • Thorough and scholarly but written in an approachable style
  • Delves into timely and controversial issues and debates, including the impact of migration, global inequality, and cultural homogeneity
  • Combines several perspectives for new interpretation
  • Includes chapter outlines and suggestions for further reading

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"Lechner has drawn on his extensive work on, and his deep knowledge of, globalization to write a brief, accessible and highly successful introduction to the field. The early chapters on food, sport and mass media should pique the student’s interest and lure them into a deeper involvement with later chapters and the field in general."
George Ritzer, University of Maryland

"Frank Lechner's text takes on key issues in the study of globalization with real clarity and critical power. An authoritative account of the major issues, theories and debates in the field, aptly illustrated by diverse contemporary examples, this text offers a clear analysis of a complex topic that will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars."
Fran Tonkiss, London School of Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405169059
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 354,855
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank J. Lechner is Professor of Sociology at Emory University in Atlanta. Among his publications dealing with globalization are World Culture: Origins and Consequences (with John Boli) (Blackwell, 2005) and The Netherlands: Globalization and National Identity (2008) as well as an edited volume, The Globalization Reader (with John Boli) (third edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). He has also written extensively about religion and social theory.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Boxes

1 Introduction 1

Pt. I Global Experience 11

2 Global Food and the History of Globalization 13

3 Global Sports and the Direction of Globalization 34

4 Global Media and the Varieties of Globalization 56

Pt. II Global Institutions 77

5 The Global Economy and the Power of the Market 79

6 Global States and the Specter of Retreat 103

7 Global Governance and the Prospects of World Law 124

8 Global Civil Society and the Voices of Change 148

9 Global Religion and the Impact of Faith 168

Pt. III Global Problems 193

10 Global Migration: How New People Change Old Places 195

11 Global Inequality: Winners and Losers in Globalization 219

12 The Global Environment: Saving the Planet? 243

13 Global Justice: Is Another World Possible? 266

Glossary 285

References 288

Index 311

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