Introduction: Humankind and Its World.
I. Why We Are Who We Are: A Socio-Cultural Geology of Today´s World.
The Rock of Civilizations.
The West Asia.
The sub-Saharan African.
The Family-Sex-Gender Systems.
Sediments of Six Waves of Globalization.
Modernity and Its Pathways.
A Humanity of Multi-Layered Cultural Agglomerations.
II. World Dynamics: The Drivers of Humankind.
Modes of Livelihood: The Down and Up of Capitalism, and the Rest.
Population Ecology and the Ending of Modern Ecological Emancipation.
The Ethnic and Religious Dynamic of Recognition and Respect.
Politics of Collective Power: State Apotheosis.
Culture: Modernism Globalized, Accelerated, and Chastened.
Channels of Operation.
3. Global Action.
3. Global Action.
Population movements (demography).
Distributions: Global, National, Sub-National.
The Growth and Resilience of Nation- States.
III. The Current World Stage.
Scenography: the World Space.
The big players.
1. The Uneven Field of Nation-States.
3. Missions and Movements.
IV. Our Time on Earth: Courses of Life.
Birth and Survival.
Youth: Sex and Culture.
A Sexual Geography of the Young World.
Marriage and the end of youth.
Where to Live: The Urbanization of the World.
Making A Living: Classes of Work.
Class Formations of 21st Century Capitalism.
Making A Living: The Rich and the Poor.
Adult Enjoyment : Leisure and Consumption.
The Ruling & the Non-Ruling Generation.
Retirement and Pension.
An Ideal 21st Century Life-Course.
Death and After.
Conclusion : How We Got Here, and Where Are We Going?
How Did We Get Here?
Where Are We Going?
Guardian, books of the year 2011
"Therborn's work represents what great comparative/historical sociology is all about. Essential."
"[Therborn] compresses a vast and fascinating range of historical and current world data into a detailed but intelligible account of the changes in planetary human society."
"At a time when historians and economists tend to retire behind the barricades of their increasingly specialized professions, answering the big comparative questions about the pathways into and out of modernity, the global processes of inequality and the forces of possible change have been largely left to the sociologists. In my view, Göran Therborn, probably Sweden's most distinguished social scientist, has made more essential contributions in these fields than anyone else, by a combination of analytical lucidity, common sense and an extraordinary command of international comparative data. For those who have read any of his earlier works, the appearance of a new book is inevitably a major intellectual event."
"Göran Therborn has written another of his incredible empirical surveys, this time of the whole world today, in its historical context. He calls it a beginner's guide. Every reader will emerge better equipped to understand the realities of our world, and hopefully to act intelligently in the light of these realities."
Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University
"We are in an unprecedented world, spanned by a joined-up economy and a global moral community. Professor Therborn - a practical, craftsmanlike sociologist, who works on a human scale - is an ideal guide to our unfamiliar present and future, who, without condescension, makes sense of complexity and turns bafflement into clarity."
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame
- Written by an author of international stature, very well-known in the worlds of sociology and politics and in left-of-centre politics.
- He develops here an original and clever perspective on the world, written from the viewpoint of someone who has thought a great deal about globalization and the new forms of global inequality created by it.
- This book is both an excellent introduction to ‘the world after globalization' and a plea for a rethinking of sociology and other social sciences in order to deal with the new questions and challenges raised by the globalized world of the 21st century.
- This is written in a very accessible way and could reach a much wider, non-academic readership.