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Globalization - the Human Consequences

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'Globalization' is a word that is currently much in use. This book is an attempt to show that there is far more to globalization than its surface manifestations. Unpacking the social roots and social consequences of globalizing processes, this book disperses some of the mist that surrounds the term.

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 ...

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Overview

'Globalization' is a word that is currently much in use. This book is an attempt to show that there is far more to globalization than its surface manifestations. Unpacking the social roots and social consequences of globalizing processes, this book disperses some of the mist that surrounds the term.

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.

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"Eminently readable." The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745620138
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/13/1998
  • Series: Themes for the 21st Century Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 7.43 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Zygmunt Bauman is Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw and was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize for 1998.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

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.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Intense and Great Reading for the Postmodern Enthusiast

    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!

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