Globalization: The Key Concepts

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Globalization is the buzzword of the 21st century. If we live in a globalized world, what does this mean for our economies, our cultures, our work and leisure, even our sense of ourselves? Globalization: The Key Concepts presents an accessible and provocative guide to the way we live now.

The causes and the effects of globalization are hotly disputed and the book aims to present the range of arguments in a clear and balanced way. However, arguing that variation is as ...

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Overview

Globalization is the buzzword of the 21st century. If we live in a globalized world, what does this mean for our economies, our cultures, our work and leisure, even our sense of ourselves? Globalization: The Key Concepts presents an accessible and provocative guide to the way we live now.

The causes and the effects of globalization are hotly disputed and the book aims to present the range of arguments in a clear and balanced way. However, arguing that variation is as characteristic of globalization as standardization, the book stresses the necessity for a bottom-up, comparative analysis. Distinguishing between the cultural, political, economic and ecological aspects of globalization, the book highlights the implications of globalization for people's everyday lives.

Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with wide-ranging case material. Chapter summaries and a guide to further reading underline the book's concern to clarify this most complex and influential of ideas.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[P]rovides a cogent and lucid introduction to discussions and debates about globalization. It provides the bases for further study and for many debates. It is an excellent primer for any discussion of globalization."--Thomas D. Hall, DePauw University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857857279
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/13/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Globalization Today 3

2 What Globalization Is Not 5

3 Globalizers and Sceptics 6

4 Dimensions of Globalization 7

Chapter Summary 14

1 Disembedding 15

Introduction 15

1 Globalization and Distance 16

2 Towards a More Abstract World 17

3 Abstract Time and Temperature 19

4 Money as a Means of Communication 20

5 Abstract Music 21

6 Watersheds 23

7 Nationalism as a Template for Globalization 25

8 Other Disembedding Mechanisms 27

9 Critics of Disembedding 29

Chapter Summary 31

2 Acceleration 33

Introduction 33

1 Time-Space Compression 35

2 Accelerated Change 37

3 Acceleration in the Media 40

4 Simultaneity 43

5 Some Further Implications of Acceleration 46

Chapter Summary 49

3 Standardization 51

Introduction 51

1 Some Standards of a Global Modernity 52

2 Some Contemporary Forms of Standardization 53

3 Obsolescence 56

4 The Globalization of Nothing 58

5 McWorld and its Discontents 59

6 MS Word 62

7 Human Rights and Identity Politics 64

8 The Non-Standardized 65

Chapter Summary 68

4 Interconnectedness 69

Introduction 69

1 The Network Society 71

2 Communication Networks 72

3 A Networked Global Economy? 74

4 Global Governance? 76

5 Translation 79

6 Remittances and Cheap Calls 80

7 Football and Globalization 82

8 Delinking, Chosen and Enforced 85

Chapter Summary 89

5 Movement 91

Introduction 91

1 Transnational Migration 92

2 Outsourcing the Nation-State? 96

3 Tourism 97

4 The Tourist and the Refugee 100

5 Long-Distance Nationalism 101

6 Nostalgia 103

Chapter Summary 105

6 Mixing 107

Introduction 107

1 Forms of Mixing 110

2 Hybridity and Creolization112

3 World Music 114

4 A 'Mixed' Family in Mauritius 115

5 A Model 120

Chapter Summary 122

7 Vulnerability 123

Introduction 123

1 Natural and Manufactured Risks? 124

2 Perceived Risks and Real Consequences 127

3 Climate Change 128

4 Climate Change and Global Democracy 130

5 Reliance on Expert Systems 131

6 Globalization and the 'War on Terror' 134

Chapter Summary 139

8 Re-embedding 141

Introduction 141

1 Identity Politics as a Response to Globalization 144

2 The Case of Indigenous Peoples 147

3 Re-embedding in Diasporas 148

4 The Importance of Trust 149

Chapter Summary 154

Questions for Essays and Class Discussion 155

Annotated Guide for Further Reading 159

General Bibliography 163

Index 171

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