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Alongside the emerging planetary dimensions of business, finance, trade and information flow, a 'localizing', space-fixing process is set in motion. What appears as globalization for some, means localization for many ...
Alongside the emerging planetary dimensions of business, finance, trade and information flow, a 'localizing', space-fixing process is set in motion. What appears as globalization for some, means localization for many others; signalling new freedom for some, globalizing processes appear as uninvited and cruel fate for many others. Freedom to move, a scarce and unequally distributed commodity, quickly becomes the main stratifying factor of our times.
Neo-tribal and fundamentalist tendencies are as legitimate offspring of globalization as the widely acclaimed 'hybridization' of top culture - the culture at the globalized top. A particular reason to worry is the progressive breakdown in communication between the increasingly global and extra- territorial elites and ever more 'localized' majority. The bulk of the population, the 'new middle class', bears the brunt of these problems, and suffers uncertainty, anxiety and fear as a result.
This book is a major contribution to the unfolding debate about globalization, and as such will be of interest to students and professionals in sociology, human geography and cultural issues.
1. Time and Class.
2. Space Wars: a Career Report.
3. After the Nation-state - What?.
4. Tourists and Vagabonds.
5. Global Law, Local Orders.
Posted November 11, 2002
Bauman provides a spectacular thesis in this book. It is written well and reads is easily. The book not provides insightful and recognizable observation. At the same time, Bauman backs his argument up with relevant history and strong sources. He builds on his argument, such that the tertiary structures as well as the details create a fascinating argument that is unique and applicable. I highly reccomend reading Bauman. It gives strong insights into the world we live in and how we as individuals behave and how we can understand the lives we lead from a social perspective. It is great to see an author greet globalization and analyze it from a social perspective rather than an economic one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.