Chapter 1: Societies and the Global.
Chapter 2: The Complexity Turn.
Chapter 3: Limits of ‘Global' Analyses.
Chapter 4: Networks and Fluids.
Chapter 5: Global Emergence.
Chapter 6: Social Ordering and Power.
Chapter 7: Complexity beyond Society.
Steven M. Manson, University of Minnesota, Progress in Human Geography
"This is a fascinating analysis of the non-linear relationships underlying global complexity. By carefully using the metaphors, concepts and models of complexity theory, Urry avoids the trap of oversimplification and shows us many insights that are likely to stimulate and shape future research in this largely unexplored field."
Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections
"John Urry provides a remarkably fluent account of the complexities of the fluid world in which we now find ourselves. And in the process of understanding the world as process, he lays down a challenge to all social scientists to rework their traditional intellectual boundaries. Inspiring."
Nigel Thrift, Bristol University
"This is a short book with a large and compelling agenda ... [it] paints a unique picture of the current state of the world."
American Journal of Sociology
Combines radical new theory with many illustrations of how global processes operate.
Cutting-edge argument explains that global complexity requires us to reformulate the main categories of sociology and to reject any globalization thesis that is over-unified, dominant and unambiguous in its effects.
This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of sociology and politics, and to anyone concerned with the nature and impact of globalization.