Sociology of Globalization: Cultures, Economies, and Politics

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A rich collection of diverse voices, Sociology of Globalization examines the processes of globalization as well as its impact on people around the world. It looks beyond the headlines, stereotypes, and hype and features a balanced selection of classic scholarship and theory, cutting-edge research, and engaging journalism. Key pieces from prominent scholars, journalists, and theorists will resonate with students, stretch the classroom into their daily lives, and give the study of globalization concrete meaning. Each of three sections—culture, economy, and politics—begins with an original introduction from the editor which familiarizes readers with essential themes and concepts and provides necessary context for the readings that follow. Useful resources for further research, including websites, films, and class exercises, are also provided to exemplify and add relevance to major topics. Accessible and expansive, this is the ideal primary reader or supplement for undergraduate courses on the sociology of globalization.
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Editorial Reviews

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“With analytic precision, experiential details, and insight, Keri E. Iyall Smith has organized readings that help readers understand the distinction between globalization and global capitalism. This distinction is an original and exceedingly useful contribution, not only for the classroom but also for scholarship. Congratulations to Professor Iyall Smith!”
Judith Blau, University of North Carolina

“This is a very useful collection of major contributions to the study of globalization and the condition of the modern world.”
Roland Robertson, University of Pittsburgh and University of Aberdeen

“This volume provides a relevant and insightful overview of dimensions of globalization and pertinent concerns.”
Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Superbly chosen and highly readable essays from experts, astutely selected for the student or interested reader, that cover multiple angles. Iyall Smith’s insightful commentaries that mix her personal experiences, and refer to prospective readers’ own, enhance this delightful collection. Highly recommended.”
Dennis Loo, author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813346694
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,395,601
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Keri E. Iyall Smith is an assistant professor of sociology at Suffolk University in Boston. She has published articles on hybridity and world society, human rights, indigenous peoples, and teaching sociology, and she is the former vice-president of Sociologists Without Borders.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Figures and Tables xi

Introducing Globalization

1 What is Globalization? 3

2 A New Millennium Jürgen Osterhammel Niels P. Petersson 11

3 Globalization Anthony Giddens 19


4 Globalizing Cultures 29

5 Globalization as Hybridization Jan Nederveen Pieterse 39

6 Social Theory, Cultural Relativity, and the Problem of Globality Roland Robertson 61

7 Nothing (and Something) George Ritzer 69

8 Jihad vs. McWorld or Jihad via McWorld? Benjamin Barber 83

9 Re-embedding Identity Politics as a Response to Globalization Thomas Hylland Eriksen 99

10 The Production of Locality Arjun Appadurai 107

Ancillary Materials 115


11 Globalizing Economies 119

12 Ending the Crisis of Capitalism or Ending Capitalism Samir Amin 129

13 Global Class Formation and the Rise of a Transnational Class William I. Robinson 147

14 The ABCs of Free Trade Agreements: The Dollars & Sense Collective 159

15 The Ghosts in the Trees Rachel Louise Snyder 171

16 China Makes, the World Takes James Fallows 179

17 The Contradictions of Global Capitalism and the Future of Global Society William I. Robinson 193

18 Humanitarianism or the Internationalism of the Peoples? Samir Amin 199

Ancillary Materials 213


19 Globalizing Politics 219

20 One Community Peter Singer 229

21 Human Rights Judith Blau Alberto Moncada 241

22 Global Sociology and the Nature of Rights Bryan S. Turner 263

23 Democracy's Failing Light Arundhati Roy 275

24 The Counteroffensive to the 1960s Insurgencies: The Crime Issue Dennis Loo 297

25 Rights and Duties Judith Blau Alberto Moncada 321

26 Humanitarian Intervention: Global Enforcement of Human Rights Wayne Sandholtz 333

Ancillary Materials 353

Source Credits 359

Index 361

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