All Connected Now: Life in the First Global Civilization

All Connected Now: Life in the First Global Civilization


By (author) Walter Truett Anderson

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  • Publisher: Westview Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 235mm x 27mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 19 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 0813339375
  • ISBN 13: 9780813339375

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A vivid description of the cultural, political, economic, and environmental changes that globalization will bring to our world. Going beyond the narrow economic focus common to most books about globalization, All Together Now describes four kinds of global change - economic, political, cultural, biological - all of which are now accelerating, driven by the increasing mobility of symbols, goods, people, and non-human life forms. Anderson describes how we are entering an "age of open systems" as systems of all kinds - organizations, nations, ecosystems - change in similar ways. Boundaries around systems are penetrated, challenged, renegotiated, relocated. Systems that were once relatively isolated develop new connections and linkages to other systems. Anderson argues that this globalizing world is radically "uncentralized" even though people and societies are richly interconnected. All Together Now shows how globalization is advanced even by anti-globalization movements, while global-scale problems such as climate change draw us together into the first global civilization.

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Walter Truett Anderson is a political scientist and author of wide-ranging interests whose previous books include Reality Isn't What It Used To Be , Evolution Isn't What It Used To Be , and The Future of the Self . He is currently president of the World Academy of Art and Science and an associate editor and columnist with the Pacific News Service in San Francisco.