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.
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?
-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.
‘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