The Global Transformations Reader

The Global Transformations Reader : An Introduction to the Globalization Debate

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The world appears to be changing dramatically and a very public debate is taking place about the form, extent and significance of these changes. At the centre of this debate lie conflicting claims about the forces and processes of contemporary globalization.On the one hand, there are the 'globalists', who argue that the world is being fundamentally and irreversibly transformed by globalization. The fate of national communities is, they hold, increasingly shaped by regional and global forces. On the other hand, there are the 'sceptics', who think that the globalists' claims are exaggerated and poorly substantiated. The sceptics contend that the world has not been irreversibly altered by globalization, and that the power of national governments, nationalism and geo-politics remain the determining features of our age. The Global Transformations Reader brings together the most original contributions from both sides of the argument and from a range of disciplines.Organized as an accessible and comprehensive teaching text, the Reader is divided into sections which cover all the key issues:The conceptual problems involved in the attempt to characterize globalization. The transformation of state power.Changing patterns of national culture.The development of the world economy.Global inequality and environmental challenges.The normative debate about the nature and desirable future of the global order.The whole volume is prefaced by a major new statement by the editors summarizing and analysing the globalization debate. Short part introductions also help situate and contextualize the articles. This volume will be of immense value to all those interested in one of the great debates of our time. It will appeal to students of politics, international relations, economics, sociology, geography and cultural studies courses. Please visit the accompanying website at: http: //www .polity.co.uk/globalshow more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 170.18 x 243.84 x 27.94mm | 884.5g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745622003
  • 9780745622002

Table of contents

Preface. Acronyms. The Great Globalization Debate: An Introduction: David Held and Anthony McGrew. Part I: Conceptualizing Globalization: Introduction. 1. Globalization: George Modelski. 2. Rethinking Globalization: David Held and Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt and Jonathan Perraton. 3. World History in a Global Age: Michael Geyer and Charles Bright. 4. Globalization - a Necessary Myth?: Paul Hirst and Grahame Thompson. 5. The Network Society: Manuel Castells. 6. Time-Space Compression and the Postmodern Condition: David Harvey. 7. The Globalizing of Modernity: Anthony Giddens. 8. What is Globalization? Ulrich Beck. Part II The Reconfiguration of Political Power?: Introduction. 9. Sovereignty in International Society: Robert O. Keohane. 10. Compromising Westphalia: Stephen D. Krasner. 11. Has Globalization Ended the Rise and Rise of the Nation-State?: Michael Mann. 12. The Declining Authority of States: Susan Strange. 13. Global Market versus Regionalism: Bjorn Hettne. 14. International Law: David Held. 15. Globalization and Legal Certainty: Volkmar Gessner. 16. Governance in a Globalizing World: James N. Rosenau. Part III The Fate of National Culture: Introduction. 17. Encountering Globalization: Kevin Robins. 18. The Globalization of Communication: John B. Thompson. 19. The Global Media: Edward Herman and Robert McChesney. 20. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy: Arjun Appadurai. 21. Towards a Global Culture?: Anthony D. Smith. Part IV: A Global Economy?: Introduction. 22. A New Geo-economy: Peter Dicken. 23. The Global Economy: Manuel Castells. 24. Globalization and the History of the International Economy: Paul Hirst and Grahame Thompson. 25. Economic Activity in a Globalizing World: Jonathan Perraton, David Goldblatt, David Held and Anthony McGrew. 26. Global Markets and National Politics: Geoffrey Garrett. 27. The Woven World: Daniel A. Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw. 28. Has Globalization Gone Too Far?: Dani Rodrik. 29. The Passing of Social Democracy: John Gray. 30. Welfare State Limits to Globalization: Elmar Rieger and Stephan Leibfried. Part V: Divided Nations, Unruly World: 31. Globalization with a Human Face: UNDP Report 1999. 32. The Rise of the Fourth World: Manuel Castells. 33. Globalization and the Postcolonial World: Ankie Hoogvelt. 34. The West and the Third World: D. K. Fieldhouse. 35. The Gender Dimension: Jill Steans. 36. Environmental Issues and the Compression of the Globe: Steven Yearley. 37. Order, Globalization and Inequality in World Politics: Ngaire Woods. Part VI World Orders, Normative Futures: Introduction. 38. Democracy beyond Borders?: Anthony McGrew. 39. Regulating Globalization? David Held. 40. Global Governance: Prospects and Problems: Fred Halliday. 41. Transnational Justice: Onora O'Neill. 42 The Idea of World Community: Chris Brown. 43. Beyond the States System?: Hedley Bull. Index.show more

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'Everything you wanted to know about globalization, but were afraid to ask.' Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, The Open University. 'If readers must be accepted as core tools in higher education, then this volume is a worthy resource. It brings together extracts from the most up-to-date and "essential interventions" in the globalization debate, made by members of the international grande armee of the social sciences ... The section on politics is outstanding for its historical content and perspective and for the detail and focus of the texts.' Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

About David Held

David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Anthony McGrew is Professor of International Relations at Southampton University.show more

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