Globalization: The Essentials / Edition 1

Globalization: The Essentials / Edition 1

by George Ritzer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0470655607

ISBN-13: 9780470655603

Pub. Date: 05/03/2011

Publisher: Wiley

This compact alternative to Ritzer's Globalization: A Basic Text (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) draws on material from the larger volume and presents a pared down, yet comprehensive, introduction to the major topics in globalization studies. Making use of both academic and popular sources, the book examines the key events in the history of globalization, and the

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This compact alternative to Ritzer's Globalization: A Basic Text (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) draws on material from the larger volume and presents a pared down, yet comprehensive, introduction to the major topics in globalization studies. Making use of both academic and popular sources, the book examines the key events in the history of globalization, and the principle flows and structures it has produced. It pinpoints the big questions and maps out alternative futures, whilst covering a range of theories from imperialism and Americanization, to neo-liberalism and the neo-Marxian alternatives.

This wide-ranging and engaging introduction provides an indispensable textbook for undergraduate courses and can be used independently or alongside a reader, such as Ritzer & Atalay, Readings in Globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470655603
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1 Globalization.

Conceptualization, Origins, and History.

Conceptualizing Globalization.

From "Solids" to "Liquids".

"Flows".

"Heavy" and "Light".

"Heavy" Structures that Expedite "Flows".

"Heavy" Structures as Barriers to "Flows".

Subtler Structural Barriers.

Origins and History of Globalization.

Hardwired.

Cycles.

Epochs.

Events.

Broader, More Recent Changes.

2 Theorizing Globalization.

Imperialism.

Colonialism.

Development.

Americanization.

Anti-Americanism as a Global Process.

Neo-Liberalism.

Neo-Liberalism: Basic Ideas.

The Neo-Liberal State.

Critiquing Neo-Liberalism: Karl Polanyi.

Contemporary Criticisms of Neo-Liberalism.

Neo-Marxian Theories.

Transnational Capitalism.

3 Structuring the Global Economy.

Before Bretton Woods.

A Prior Epoch of Globalization.

Economic Development during and after WW II.

Bretton Woods and the Bretton Woods System.

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

World Trade Organization (WTO).

International Monetary Fund (IMF).

World Bank.

The End of Bretton Woods.

Changes in, and Critiques of, Bretton-Woods-Era Organizations.

Other Important Economic Organizations.

The Multinational Corporation (MNC).

The Myth of Economic Globalization?

4 Global Economic Flows.

Trade.

Trade Surpluses and Deficits.

Global Trade: Economic Chains and Networks.

Global Value Chains: China and the US.

Increasing Competition for Commodities.

The Economic Impact of the Flow of Oil.

Oil Wealth.

Race to the Bottom and Upgrading.

Upgrading in the Less Developed World?

Outsourcing.

Financial Globalization.

The Great Recession.

Consumption.

Consumer Objects and Services.

Consumers.

Consumption Processes.

Consumption Sites.

Global Resistance.

Chapter Summary.

5 Global Political Structures and Processes.

On Political Flows.

The Nation-State.

Threats to the Nation-State.

In Defense of the Nation-State.

"Imagined Community".

Changes in Global Nation-State Relations.

United Nations (UN).

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

United Nations Educational, Scientifi c, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Global Governance.

Civil Society.

International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs).

6 High-Tech Global Flows and Structures.

Technology, Media, and the Internet.

Technology.

Medical Technologies.

Space-Based Technologies.

Leapfrogging.

India's "One Lakh Car" (or NANO).

Problematic Technological Flows.

Media.

Media Imperialism.

"Media Were American".

New Global Media.

Indymedia.

Thinking about the Global Media.

The Internet.

Online Social Networking.

Spam.

Computer Viruses.

The Internet in China.

7 Global Culture and Cultural Flows.

Cultural Differentialism.

Civilizations.

Cultural Hybridization.

Muslim Girl Scouts.

Appadurai's "Landscapes".

Cultural Convergence.

Cultural Imperialism.

World Culture.

McDonaldization.

The Globalization of Nothing.

8 Global Flows of Migrants.

Migrants.

Migration.

Flows of Migrants to and from the US.

Flow of Migrants Elsewhere in the World.

Great Britain.

Switzerland.

Greece.

The Case Against the Backlash to Illegal Immigration.

Remittances.

Diaspora.

9 Global Environmental Flows.

Differences Among Nation-States.

The Leading Environmental Problems.

Destruction of Natural Habitats.

Decline of Fish.

Decline in Fresh Water.

Toxic Chemicals.

Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming.

Population Growth.

The Global Flow of Dangerous Debris.

Global Responses.

Sustainable Development.

Dealing with Climate Change.

Carbon Tax.

Carbon Neutral.

Alternate Fuels and Power Sources.

A Technological Fix?

Economic Issues.

Opposing Environmentalism.

10 Negative Global Flows and Processes.

Dangerous Imports, Diseases, Crime, Terrorism, War.

Dangerous Imports.

Borderless Diseases.

HIV/AIDS.

Avian Flu.

SARS.

Ebola Virus.

Tropical Diseases in Europe.

Crime.

Terrorism.

War.

Global Military Structures.

Technology.

Information War.

Cyber-War.

The Impact of Negative Global Flows on Individuals.

11 Inequality.

Global Inequality.

"The Bottom Billion".

Migration.

E-Waste and Inequality.

Global Digital Divide.

Race and Ethnicity and Gender.

Race and Ethnicity.

Gender.

Rural–Urban and Inequality.

Rural.

Urban.

12 Dealing with, Resisting, and the Future of, Globalization.

Dealing with Globalization.

Dealing with the Global Economy.

Dealing with Political Globalization.

Resisting Globalization.

Local Resistance.

A Social Movement?

More Formal Social Movements.

World Social Forum and Cyberactivism.

Is the Resistance to Globalization Significant?

The Futures of Globalization.

A "Mad Max" Scenario.

Glossary.

Index.

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