Globalization : The Key Concepts

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For the first time in human history, the vast majority of the world's population is connected through trade, travel, production, media and politics. Ours is an era of ubiquitous mobile communication, economic outsourcing, mass migration and imported consumer goods. At the same time, people everywhere are concerned to keep their identities rooted and sense of place in the face of momentous change.

This new edition of Thomas Hylland Eriksen's concise and engaging landmark textbook outlines the main debates and controversies around globalization, and develops a unique perspective to show how globalization is an inherently double process, taking place both from above and below. Each chapter is supported by boxed case studies and bullet points summarizing the core information, suggestions for further reading, and essay and discussion questions, making this the ideal guide for both the classroom and independent study. Focusing on key concepts of globalization and drawing on international examples, this book is essential for anyone wishing to understand the fundamental processes underlying the contemporary world and the consequences these have for all of us.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 17.78mm | 608g
  • Berg Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0857857274
  • 9780857857279

Table of contents


Introduction: A Shrinking Planet

1. Disembedding
Globalization and Distance
Towards a More Abstract World
Abstract Time and Temperature
Money as a Means of Communication
Abstract Music
Printing and Factories
Nationalism as a Template for Globalization
Other Disembedding Mechanisms
Disembedded Friendship
Neoliberal Economics and Disembedding
Critics of Disembedding

2. Speed
Time-space Compression
Accelerated Change
Friedman's "Flatteners"
Acceleration in the Media
Bourdieu's Pessimism
Some Further Implications of Acceleration
The Unevenness of Speed

3. Standardization
Some Standards of a Global Modernity
Some Contemporary Forms of Standardization
Bilingualism and Standardization
The Globalization of Nothing
McWorld and Its Discontents
MS Word
The Shipping Container and Standardization
Resistance to Standardization

4. Connections
Criticisms of Methodological Nationalism
The Network Society
Communication Networks
A Networked Global Economy?
Globalization from Below
Global Governance?
Remittances and Cheap Calls
Soccer and Globalization
Delinking, Chosen, and Enforced
A World of Slums
Connectedness and Disjunctures

5. Mobility
Transnational Migration
Transnational Connections
Outsourcing the Nation-state?
The Growth of Tourism
The Tourist and the Refugee
Long-distance Nationalism
Gendered Migration

6. Mixing
Forms of Mixing
Hybridity and Creolization
World Music
A Mixed Family in Mauritius
A Model

7. Risk
Natural and Manufactured Risks?
Perceived Risk and Real Consequences
Invasive Species
Climate Change
Climate Change and Global Democracy
Wavering Trust in Expert Systems
Dealing with Global Risks Locally
Globalization and Wars on Terror
Human Rights and Security

8. Identity Politics
The Politicized Concept of Culture
Identity Politics as a Response to Globalization
A Grammar of Identity Politics
Indigenous Strategies
Reembedding in Diasporas
Trust and Social Capital
Neonationalism and Islamism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Human Rights and Identity Politics

9. Alterglobalization
Protest Movements
The Transnational Occupy Movement
Alterglobalizing Strategies in the South
The Slowness Movement
From the Arab Spring to the Snowden Affair

Afterword: An Overheated World

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This book does an excellent job of defining key concepts and terms in a clear, accessible and engaging way, without `dumbing down'. The case studies are interesting, drawing on a variety of different cultures, countries and regions, to illustrate the concepts at hand. * Caroline A. Hartzell, Professor of Political Science, Gettysburg College, USA * This is a great introduction to the study of globalization! To organize the text along key concepts is a brilliant idea as it helps students to understand the complex integration of various dimensions of globalization and pushes them to ask new and pertinent questions. * Sylva Frisk, University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies, Sweden * Globalization: The Key Concepts cuts through the vast scholarship on globalization with powerful, simple ideas. Packed with thought-provoking examples, this book is accessible and intelligent, providing a good grounding in the fundamentals while introducing students to major scholarly debates. An excellent introduction to the field. * Emma Reisz, Lecturer in Asian History, History and Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, UK * Eriksen's book is perhaps the best one volume survey on globalization available. With a clear and conversational writing style, he weaves together theory, explanation and contemporary examples into an effective overview of the causes, consequences, concepts, and debates regarding globalization. * Mark Dailey, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Green Mountain College, USA *
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About Thomas Hylland Eriksen

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