Globalization: The Making of World Society / Edition 1

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Written in a lively and accessible style, Globalization: The Making of World Society shows how globalization affects everyday experience, creates new institutions, and presents new challenges.

With many examples, Lechner describes how the process unfolds in a wide range of fields, from sports and media to law and religion. While sketching the outlines of a world society in the making, the book also demonstrates that globalization is inherently diverse and contentious. In this concise analysis of a complex subject, Lechner presents some of the best work in the social sciences in clear and readable fashion.

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

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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: 9781405169066
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (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.

Preface and Acknowledgments.

List of Acronyms.

1. Introduction.

Part I: Global Experience.

2. Global Food and the History of Globalization.

3. Global Sports and the Direction of Globalization.

4. Global Media and the Varieties of Globalization.

Part II: Global Institutions.

5. The Global Economy and the Power of the Market.

6. Global States and the Specter of Retreat.

7. Global Governance and the Prospects of World Law.

8. Global Civil Society and the Voices of Change.

9. Global Religion and the Impact of Faith.

Part III: Global Problems.

10. Global Migration: How New People Change Old Places.

11.  Global Inequality: Winners and Losers in Globalization.

12.  The Global Environment: Saving the Planet?

13. Global Justice: Is Another World Possible?



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