Understanding Globalization: The Social Consequences of Political, Economic, and Environmental Change / Edition 4

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Overview

This best-selling book examines the political, economic, and environmental changes that affect people's lives in the United States and around the world. Using an accessible, narrative approach Robert Schaeffer explains contemporary global processes and developments. Just as a storm that moves across an area has differing local, regional and even national and global impacts that are welcome to some and disastrous to others, global events can have very different consequences-good and bad-for people in different settings. Though many of the global changes that he examines are interconnected, the stories Schaeffer presents are told separately. The result is a text that provides readers with accounts of change that can be studied individually or read collectively.

In this fourth edition Schaeffer offers a new chapter on global migration in which he examines the causes and consequences of contemporary economic, environmental, and gender-based migrations. He also looks at the economic problems of 2008 which plunged the United States into a recession and triggered a global economic downturn. Throughout Understanding Globalization Schaeffer examines developments in past years that shaped or resembled current global challenges, making this text an excellent primer for understanding current global developments.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Sociology
Praise for previous editions:
This clearly written and vastly comprehensive book is a valuable and fascinating read. . . . Schaeffer turns his gaze to topics as varied as inflation, debt crises at home and abroad, stock market booms and busts, hunger and agriculture, free trade agreements, global climate change, democratization, and the global drug trade. In nearly every case, the research is solid and the choice of details fascinating. . . . I would recommend this book for general readers . . . or mid-level courses wishing to incorporate a global perspective.
Ione DeOllos
Understanding Globalization is an exceptional book that thoroughly covers contemporary issues relating to globalization that students find extremely readable.
Lisa Benton-Short
Schaeffer presents a balanced and geographically informed perspective on the uneven outcomes of globalization. In the new edition, he has astutely included a discussion of fair trade versus free trade, a new chapter on migration and provides the context for many of the most significant global changes that confront the North and South in the twenty-first century. The book is both accessible and substantial—a rare accomplishment. It has become my 'go-to' book on globalization.
J. Timmons Roberts
This clearly written and vastly comprehensive book is a valuable and fascinating read. . . . Schaeffer turns his gaze to topics as varied as inflation, debt crises at home and abroad, stock market booms and busts, hunger and agriculture, free trade agreements, global climate change, democratization, and the global drug trade. In nearly every case, the research is solid and the choice of details fascinating. . . I would recommend this book for general readers . . . or mid-level courses wishing to incorporate a global perspective.
Booknews
In a series of studies that can be read separately or together, Schaeffer (sociology, Kansas State U.) looks closely at various phenomena that different groups and interests glorify or vilify as globalization. He pays particular attention to events in and affecting the US, not only because the US is a primary player, but also to alert American readers to impacts on them. No date is cited for the first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The New Republic - John B. Judis
Robert Schaeffer has taken the entire world as his subject and has made it remarkably comprehensible. I can't think of a better guide to this new world.
The New Republic
Robert Schaeffer has taken the entire world as his subject and has made it remarkably comprehensible. I can't think of a better guide to this new world.
— John B. Judis
The European Journal Of Development Research
For the purposes of teaching the book is to be highly recommended.
Missiology: An International Review
Understanding Globalization is an excellent overview of the globalizing processes of the past fifty years.
Contemporary Sociology - J. Timmons Roberts
This clearly written and vastly comprehensive book is a valuable and fascinating read. . . . Schaeffer turns his gaze to topics as varied as inflation, debt crises at home and abroad, stock market booms and busts, hunger and agriculture, free trade agreements, global climate change, democratization, and the global drug trade. In nearly every case, the research is solid and the choice of details fascinating. . . . I would recommend this book for general readers . . . or mid-level courses wishing to incorporate a global perspective.
James N. Rosenau
Globalization is a multifaceted phenomenon, and Robert Schaeffer's inquiry creatively—and yet in detail—traces both the uniformities and the diversities embedded in its dynamics.
Immanuel Wallerstein
A remarkably clear exposition of the major economic developments of the last two decades. It cuts through jargon and pap, and is therefore a great assist to serious reflection and intelligent debate for all concerned citizens.
Missiology: An International Review
Understanding Globalization is an excellent overview of the globalizing processes of the past fifty years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742561809
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 842,309
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Schaeffer is professor of sociology at Kansas State University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Globalizing Production in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan
Chapter 2 Dollar Devaluations
Chapter 3 Fighting Inflation
Chapter 4 Debt Crisis and Globalization
Chapter 5 An Age of Migrations
Chapter 6 Dictatorship and Democracy
Chapter 7 The Rise of China
Chapter 8 Collateral Damage: The Causes and Consequences of 9/11
Chapter 9 The Legacy of Partition in India and Pakistan: 1947–1948
Chapter 10 Partition in Palestine: 1948
Chapter 11 Revolution and War in Iran and Iraq: 1978–1980
Chapter 12 Revolution and War in Afghanistan
Chapter 13 The Aftermath of 9/11
Chapter 14 Global Climate Change
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