The Blackwell Companion to Globalization

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  • 752 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This companion features 35 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.

The essays focus on key questions in the debate surrounding globalization: does globalization bring with it more or less inequality? How is power distributed globally? What role does technology play? What is the significance of the nation–state in contemporary globalization? The volume also explores the often overlooked underbelly of globalization, including coverage of international terrorism, sex trafficking, corruption, war, and environmental problems.

The Blackwell Companion to Globalization introduces the major players, theories, and methodologies, and explores the major areas affected by globalization including the environment, media and communication, and economic and social relationships.

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List of Illustrations viii

Notes on Contributors x

IntroductionGeorge Ritzer 1

PART I: INTRODUCTION 15

Introduction to Part IGeorge Ritzer 16

1. Globalization in Hard Times: Contention in the Academy and BeyondAnthony McGrew 29

2. What Is Globalization?Roland Robertson and Kathleen E. White 54

3. The Cultural Construction of Neoliberal GlobalizationRobert J. Antonio 67

4. Globalization: The Major PlayersGeorge M. Thomas 84

5. Globalization TodayJohn Boli and Velina Petrova 103

6. Theories of GlobalizationWilliam I. Robinson 125

7. Studying Globalization: Methodological IssuesSalvatore Babones 144

8. Cosmopolitanism: A Critical Theory for the Twenty–fi rst CenturyUlrich Beck 162

PART II: THE MAJOR DOMAINS 177

Introduction to Part IIGeorge Ritzer 178

9. The End of Globalization? The Implications of Migration for State, Society and EconomySubhrajit Guhathakurta, David Jacobson and Nicholas C. DelSordi 201

10. Globalization and the Agrarian WorldPhilip McMichael 216

11. Globalization and the EnvironmentSteve Yearley 239

12. Cities and GlobalizationMichael Timberlake and Xiulian Ma 254

13. The Sociology of Global OrganizationsStewart Clegg and Chris Carter 272

14. Economic Globalization: CorporationsPeter Dicken 291

15. Outsourcing: Globalization and BeyondGeorge Ritzer and Craig Lair 307

16. Globalization and Consumer CultureDouglas J. Goodman 330

17. Cultural GlobalizationJohn Tomlinson 352

18. Globalization and IdeologyManfred B. Steger 367

19. Media and GlobalizationDouglas Kellner and Clayton Pierce 383

20. Globalization and Information and Communications Technologies: The Case of WarHoward Tumber and Frank Webster 396

21. Political GlobalizationGerard Delanty and Chris Rumford 414

22. Globalization and Public PolicyTim Blackman 429

23. Religion and GlobalizationPeter Beyer 444

24. Globalization and Higher EducationPeter Manicas 461

25. Sport and GlobalizationDavid L. Andrews and Andrew D. Grainger 478

26. The Fate of the LocalMelissa L. Caldwell and Eriberto P. Lozada Jr 498

27. Public Health in a Globalizing World: Challenges and OpportunitiesFarnoosh Hashemian and Derek Yach 516

PART III: MAJOR ISSUES AND CONCLUSIONS 539

Introduction to Part IIIGeorge Ritzer 540

28. Globalization and Global Inequalities: Recent TrendsGlenn Firebaugh and Brian Goesling 549

29. World Inequality in the Twenty–fi rst Century: Patterns and TendenciesRoberto Patricio Korzeniewicz and Timothy Patrick Moran 565

30. Globalization and CorruptionCarolyn Warner 593

31. Globalization and SexualityKathryn Farr 610

32. War in the Era of Economic GlobalizationGerald Schneider 630

33. Globalization and International TerrorismGus Martin 644

34. Resisting GlobalizationRichard Kahn and Douglas Kellner 662

35. The Futures of GlobalizationBryan S. Turner 675

Index 693

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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

"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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