Globalization: The Human Consequences

Globalization: The Human Consequences

by Zygmunt Bauman
     
 

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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,

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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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Editorial Reviews

Wilson Quarterly
Anyone prepared to move beyond the seductiveness of libertarian ideology... will find Globalization as eloquent a summation of the problem as they are likely to encounter anywhere.

— Alan Ehrenhalt

Globe and Mail

Utilizing the works of philosophers, historians, architects, and theoreticians, British sociologist Zygmunt Bauman takes a hard look at the history, ethics, and economic and social consequences of globalization, and finds that it will inevitably divide more than it unites.

Acta Sociologica

A valuable introduction to the question of globalization, and, more importantly, sets a new agenda for sociological theory at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

British Journal of Sociology

A powerful antidote to bland political-cultural pronouncements of the 'there is no alternative' variety.

Independent

Brooding brilliance... Bauman subtly lays out [globalization's] 'human consequences.'

Globe & Mail
Utilizing the works of philosophers, historians, architects, and theoreticians, British sociologist Zygmunt Bauman takes a hard look at the history, ethics, and economic and social consequences of globalization, and finds that it will inevitably divide more than it unites.
Wilson Quarterly - Alan Ehrenhalt

Anyone prepared to move beyond the seductiveness of libertarian ideology... will find Globalization as eloquent a summation of the problem as they are likely to encounter anywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745656953
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Themes for the 21st Century Series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
File size:
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