Globalization: The Human Consequences (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

Globalization: The Human Consequences (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

by Zygmunt Bauman
     
 

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As noted sociologist Zygmunt Bauman shows in this detailed history of globalization, while human affairs now take place on a global scale, we are not able to direct events; we can only watch as boundaries, institutions, and loyalties shift in rapid and unpredictable ways. Who benefits from the new globalization? Are people in need assisted more quickly and efficiently… See more details below

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As noted sociologist Zygmunt Bauman shows in this detailed history of globalization, while human affairs now take place on a global scale, we are not able to direct events; we can only watch as boundaries, institutions, and loyalties shift in rapid and unpredictable ways. Who benefits from the new globalization? Are people in need assisted more quickly and efficiently? Or are the poor worse off than ever before? In a chilling analysis, Bauman argues that globalization divides as much as it unites, creating an ever-widening gulf between the haves and the have nots. Rather than the hybrid culture we had hoped for, globalization is creating a more homogenous world.

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An academic examination of globalization and its consequences. Bauman (sociology emeritus, University of Leeds and University of Warsaw) dissects globalization in all its manifestations: its effects on the economy; politics; social structures; and even perceptions of time and space. He argues that globalization divides as much as it unites, creating an ever-widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots.
Alan Ehrenhalt
[The book] declares the end of geography....[T]he globals and the locals have one thing in common: neither has any real security in their new environment....anyone willing simply to look around and see the scars of global economic change on the streets of an ordinary city -- will find Globalization [an] eloquent summation of the problem... -- WQ: The Wilson Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114288
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.65(d)

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