Theories of Globalization

Theories of Globalization

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Theories of Globalization offers students and scholars a comprehensive and critical introduction to the concept of globalization. Barrie Axford expertly guides readers through the full range of perspectives on the topic, from international political economy to geography, global anthropology to cultural and communication studies. In so doing he draws out the common threads between competing theories, as well as pinpointing the problems that challenge our understanding of globalization. Key terms such as 'globalism' and 'globality' are carefully explained and central themes like capitalism, governance, culture and history explored in full. In assessing the contribution made by globalization theory, Axford's account also sheds new light on several crucial current issues. These range from the changing shape of democracy and citizen engagement with governance, to issues surrounding 'just war' and humane intervention, and problems relating to empire and post-colonialism. This wide-ranging and detailed new book will be essential reading for students and scholars of international politics, sociology and any area where the concept of globalization is discussed and disputed.show more

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745671352

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii Introduction 1 1 What's in a Name? Themes, Concepts and Obfuscations 6 2 Theorizing Globalization: Political Science and Sociology 36 3 Theorizing Globalization: Geography, Anthropology and Cultural and Communication Studies 59 4 Theories of Globalization and Space 69 5 Theories of Globalization and Culture 91 6 Theories of Globalization and History 110 7 Theories of Globalization and Governance 130 8 Theories of Globalization and Capitalism 151 9 All Change: Critical Globalization Studies or a Social Science of Globality? 177 Bibliography 191 Index 223show more

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'In this timely volume Barrie Axford, acclaimed scholar of globalization, brings us a critical assessment of the latest debates and distinct schools of thought on one of the most vital concepts of our time. Sweeping, ambitious, and interdisciplinary, this work will be essential reading for students, scholars and anyone concerned with the current state of thinking about our global society.? William Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara "This impressive and wide-ranging text provides a valuable survey of some of the most influential intellectual debates about contemporary globalization." Matthew Sparke, University of Washington "Barrie Axford has produced a truly outstanding interrogation of the vast array of theories of - and approaches to - globalization and globality. Adopting a cross-disciplinary stance, he has compiled a volume that is both even-handed and, in the best sense, critical. Axford is to be congratulated for his insightfulness, comprehensiveness and, indeed, wisdom." Roland Robertson, University of Pittsburgh and University of Aberdeen "Barrie Axford's comprehensive book should be part of every university library." Political Studies Reviewshow more

About Barrie Axford

Barrie Axford is Professor of Politics at Oxford Brookes Universityshow more