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The Blackwell Companion to Globalization

George Ritzer (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3274-9
752 pages
September 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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This companion features original essays on the complexity of globalization and its diverse and sometimes conflicting effects. Written by top scholars in the field, it offers a nuanced and detailed examination of globalization that includes both positive and critical evaluations.
  • Introduces the major players, theories, and methodologies
  • Explores the major areas of impact, including the environment, cities, outsourcing, consumerism, global media, politics, religion, and public health
  • Addresses the foremost concerns of global inequality, corruption, international terrorism, war, and the future of globalization
  • Wide-ranging and comprehensive, an excellent text for undergraduate and graduate students in a range of disciplines
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Notes on Contributors.

Introduction to the Volume: George Ritzer.

Part I: Introduction:.

Introduction.

1. Globalization in Hard Times: Contention in the Academy and Beyond: Anthony McGrew.

2. What is Globalization?: Roland Robertson and Kathleen E. White.

3. The Cultural Construction of Neoliberal Globalization: `Honey...I Think the World is Flat': Robert J. Antonio.

4. Globalization: The Major Players: George M. Thomas.

5. Globalization Today: John Boli and Velina Petrova.

6. Theories of Globalization: William I. Robinson.

7. Studying Globalization: Methodological Issues: Salvatore Babones.

8. Cosmopolitanism: A Critical Theory for the 21st Century: Ulrich Beck.

Part II: The Major Domains:.

Introduction.

9. The End of Globalization? The Implications of Migration for State, Society and Economy: Subrahjit Guhathakurta, David Jacobson and Nicholas C. DelSordi.

10. Globalization and the Agrarian World: Philip McMichael.

11. Globalization and the Environment: Steve Yearley.

12. Cities and Globalization: Michael Timberlake and Xiulian Ma.

13. The Sociology of Global Organizations: Stewart Clegg and Chris Carter.

14. Economic Globalization: Corporations: Peter Dicken.

15. Outsourcing: Globalization and Beyond: George Ritzer and Craig Lair.

16. Globalization and Consumer Culture: Douglas J. Goodman.

17. Cultural Globalization: John Tomlinson.

18. Globalization and Ideology: Manfred B. Steger.

19. Media and Globalization: Douglas Kellner and Clayton Pierce.

20. Globalization and Information and Communications Technologies: The Case of War: Howard Tumber and Frank Webster.

21. Political Globalization: Gerard Delanty and Chris Rumford.

22. Globalisation and Public Policy: Tim Blackman.

23. Religion and Globalization: Peter Beyer.

24. Globalization and Higher Education: Peter Manicas.

25. Sport and Globalization: David Andrews and Andrew D. Grainger.

26. The Fate of the Local: Melissa L. Caldwell and Eriberto P. Lozada, Jr.

27. Public Health in a Globalizing World: Challenges and Opportunities: Farnoosh Hashemian and Derek Yach.

Part III: Major Issues and Conclusions:.

Introduction.

28. Globalization and Global Inequalities: Recent Trends: Glenn Firebaugh and Brian Goesling.

29. World Inequality in the Twenty-First Century: Patterns and Tendencies: Patricio Korzeniewicz and Timothy Moran.

30. Globalization of Corruption: Carolyn Warner.

31. Globalization and Sexuality: Kathryn Farr.

32. War in the Era of Economic Globalization: Gerald Schneider.

33. Globalization and International Terrorism: Gus Martin.

34. Resisting Globalization: Richard Kahn and Douglas Kellner.

35. The Futures of Globalization: Bryan S. Turner.

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George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. He was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association and he has authored more than 25 books including several student textbooks. He has been a major contributor to the literature on globalization, especially in The McDonaldization of Society (4 editions, last in 2004), Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society (1995) and most recently (2004), The Globalization of Nothing (2nd edition to be published in 2007 as The Globalization of Nothing 2). He is editor of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007).
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  • Introduces the major players, theories, and methodologies
  • Explores the major areas of impact, including the environment, cities, sociology, job outsourcing, consumerism, global media, politics, religion, and public health
  • Addresses the foremost concerns of global inequality, corruption, international terrorism, the economics of war, and the future of globalization
  • Provides an excellent resource for students and faculty in a range of disciplines
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“The stimulating essays in this remarkably comprehensive collection cover important global trends, present intriguing theoretical perspectives, and take sides in current debates on globalization. Many illustrate what Ritzer calls the “globophobic” thrust in recent work on the subject. This volume is required reading for serious students of globalization.”
Frank J. Lechner, Emory University <!--end-->

"This is a thoroughly collated, unique combination of encyclopaedic surveys of the major controversies that split/unite the on-going debate on the origins, dynamics and the prospects of globalization, with illuminating case studies exploring the diverse impacts of globalizing pressures on contemporary life in all parts of the planet. An exceptionally useful reference, gathering under one cover texts otherwise difficult to access and seldom considered together."
Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds and University of Warsaw

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