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The Sociology of Globalization, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7456-8976-0
300 pages
December 2016, Polity
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The new edition of this accessible and wide-ranging book demonstrates the distinctive insights that sociology has to bring to the study of globalization. Taking in the cultural, political and economic dimensions of globalization, the book provides a thorough introduction to key debates and critically evaluates the causes and consequences of a globalizing world.

Bringing the discussion right up to date, the new edition includes an increased emphasis on the rise of China, the aftermath of the financial crisis and austerity, the benefits of migration and open borders, and the changing structure of global inequality. Data and literature have been updated throughout the book, with new sections on global cities, the environment and international protests, and expanded discussion of gender. Martell argues that globalization offers many opportunities for greater interaction and participation in societies throughout the world, for instance through the media and migration, but also has dark sides such as conflict, global poverty, climate change and economic insecurity.

This book will continue to be an ideal companion to students across the social sciences taking courses that cover globalization, and the sociology of globalization in particular.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Preface to the second edition

Introduction: Concepts of Globalization

1 Perspectives on Globalization: Divergence or Convergence?

2 The History of Globalization: Pre-modern, Modern or Postmodern?

3 Technology, Economy and the Globalization of Culture

4 The Globalization of Culture: Homogeneous or Hybrid?

5 Global Migration: Inequality and History

6 The Effects of Migration: Is Migration a Problem or a Solution?

7 The Global Economy: Capitalism and the Economic Bases of Globalization

8 Global Inequality: Is Globalization a Solution to World Poverty?

9 Politics, the State and Globalization: The End of the Nation-state and Social Democracy?

10 Global Politics and Cosmopolitan Democracy

11 Anti-globalization and Global Justice Movements

12 The Future World Order: The Decline of American Power and the Rise of China?

Conclusion

Acknowledgements

References

Index

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Author Information

Luke Martell is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Sussex
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New to This Edition

-Increased emphasis on key contemporary topics such as the rise of China and developing Asia, TTIP, the aftermath of the financial crisis, refugees and migration and the changing structure of global inequality.
-Data and references updated throughout (including to topical references such as social media and smartphone usage).
-Expanded sections on scholarly work on important topics such as gender inequality, the environment, and global cities.
-Generally improved writing style to ensure absolute clarity and accessibility for students.
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Reviews

‘Based on an interdisciplinary approach drawing on economic and political power as well as culture and social spheres, The Sociology of Globalization provides an excellent overview of key themes and major debates related to global restructuring. Comprehensive in its conceptual coverage and broad in its empirical focus, this book is a must read for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and academics in Sociology, Economics and Politics alike. - Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham

‘Luke Martell provides students and scholars with a rich analysis of the features, causes and consequences of globalization. Martell draws attention to the power, inequality and conflict that are inherent in contemporary globalization. The author draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives, offering the reader a nuanced sociological perspective that is informed as well by politics and economics.’ - Layna Mosley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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