This book combines new theory with many illustrations of how global processes operate. Urry distinguishes between global networks and global fluids , and shows how forms of global emergence develop from the complex relationships between these networks and fluids. He draws out the implications of global complexity for our understanding of social order and argues that 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. Global systems are always on the edge of chaos .
This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of sociology, politics, geography and economics and to and to all those concerned with rethinking the nature of globalization.
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.