Globalization : The Human Consequences
Alongside the emerging planetary dimensions of business, finance, trade and information flow, a 'localizing', space-fixing process is set in motion. What appears as globalization for some, means localization for many others; signalling new freedom for some, globalizing processes appear as uninvited and cruel fate for many others. Freedom to move, a scarce and unequally distributed commodity, quickly becomes the main stratifying factor of our times.
Neo-tribal and fundamentalist tendencies are as legitimate offspring of globalization as the widely acclaimed 'hybridization' of top culture - the culture at the globalized top. A particular reason to worry is the progressive breakdown in communication between the increasingly global and extra- territorial elites and ever more 'localized' majority. The bulk of the population, the 'new middle class', bears the brunt of these problems, and suffers uncertainty, anxiety and fear as a result.
This book is a major contribution to the unfolding debate about globalization, and as such will be of interest to students and professionals in sociology, human geography and cultural issues.
- Paperback | 136 pages
- 136 x 186 x 12mm | 199.58g
- 13 Aug 1998
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
1. Time and Class.
2. Space Wars: a Career Report.
3. After the Nation-state - What?.
4. Tourists and Vagabonds.
5. Global Law, Local Orders.
About Zygmunt Bauman