What Is Globalization?

What Is Globalization?

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This important new book offers an engaging and challenging introduction to the thorny paths of the globalization debate.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 167 x 235 x 18mm | 440g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745621252
  • 9780745621258

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This important new book offers an engaging and challengingintroduction to the thorny paths of the globalization debate. Beckaims to clarify the ambiguities of the debate, to distinguishbetween the various types of globalization and to warn the readerof conceptual traps. Most importantly, however, he opens up thehorizon for political responses to globalization.

Beck focuses on two main questions: what does globalization mean?and how can it be moulded politically? He begins by examining theambivalences and paradoxes of globality and globalization, withregard to society, economics, politics, ecology and culture. Hesets out the rival perspectives in the globalization debate andassesses the prospects for a transnational state. Central to thebook is Beck's argument that a decisive critique of globalism isnecessary to make space for the primacy of politics. In the lastsection, he offers a series of constructive proposals to counterthe current paralysis of politics, suggesting ten ways ofaddressing and answering the challenges of the global age. The bookconcludes by conjecturing that if our politicians do not respondcreatively to the challenge, we will experience what Beck calls'the Brazilianization of Europe'.

This book will be an important text for students and scholars inpolitics, sociology, geography and the social sciences generally.It will also appeal to a broader audience interested in key socialand political issues in the world today.
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Table of contents

Vitual Tax-Payers.
The National State Caught between World Economy and Individualization: What is to be Done?.
The Globalization Shock: A Belated Discussion.
Part I: Dimensions, Controversies, Definitions: .
1. The World Horizon Opens Up: On the Sociology of Globalization.
2. Transnational Civil Society: How a Cosmopolitan Vision is Emerging.
3. Contours of World Society: Rival Perspectives.
Part II: Perspectives:.
4. Errors of Globalism.
5. Responses to Globalization.
6. Europe and Globalization.
Conclusion: Decline a la Carte: The Brazilianization of Europe.
Further Reading.
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a The primary virtue of Becka s book lies in its helpful and comprehensive mapping of the various contours of the broad debates about globalization ... As would be expected from a sociologist of the stature of Beck, this is a fascinating , eclectic book where an illuminating empirical example is never very far away.a Democractization a This introduction to the thorny path of the globalization debate aims to clarify the ambiguities of the debate, distinguish between the various types of globalization, and warn the reader of conceptual traps.a Business Horizons
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About Ulrich Beck

Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
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