Offers a stimulating introduction to globalization and its varying impacts across, a single conceptual framework, Manfred Steger presents globalization in plain. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction has been fully updated for a third edition, Manfred Steger, author Professor of Political Science at the University of. Globalization has ratings and 75 reviews. Ahmad said: Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #86), Manfred B. StegerFor.

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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

As such, its biggest strength is that it has a seemingly thorough section on recommended further reading, so hopefully I’ll be able to find something a bit better there!

The internationalization of trade and finance Many people associate economic globalization with the controversial issue of free trade. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Steger series Very Short Introductions.

Moreover, as a result of these protracted introoduction conflicts, military alliances and political arrangements underwent continuous modification. Professor Helmut K Anheier.

In addition to explaining the various dimensions of globalization, the author explores whether globalization should be considered a “good” or “bad” thing–a question globalizztion has been hotly debated in classrooms, boardrooms, and on the streets. Steger’s arrogant tone makes it hard to want to introductiln anything else by him. A guarantee of fiscal discipline, and a curb to budget deficits; 2. It failed to do even that!! Political globalization and global governance Political globalization is most visible in the rise of supraterritorial institutions and associations held together by common norms and interests.

Account Options Sign in. Haifa century later, 15 member states have formed a close community with political institutions that create common public policies and design binding security arrangements. Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase.

David Held, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics Globalization as a concept refers both to the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole.

Having increased only modestly from about million at the time of the birth of Christ to million inthe world’s population reached 3. But higher population density and more intense social interaction over greater distances also facilitated the spread of new infectious diseases like the bubonic plague.


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Marking the close of the prehistoric period, these shorg inventions amounted to one of those technological and social boosts that moved globalization to a new level. I am OK with hearing about the pitfalls of capitalism because there are problems that need addressing, but this only talked up the failures and downplayed all of its achievements. Although Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants were then hiding in a remote region of the country, they obviously possessed the hi-tech equipment needed to record the statement.

Of course, the rise of European metropolitan centres and their affiliated merchant classes represented another important factor responsible for strengthening globalization tendencies during the early modern period.

Despite the manny negative reviews of this book I read I found it concise and interesting. As we will see in Chapter 8, the WTO became, in the s, the focal point of intense public controversy over the design introductiob the effects of economic globalization.

However, not only was the perceived ‘damage’ already done, but segments of the tape – including the full text of bin Laden’s statement – could be viewed online by anyone with access to a computer and a modem.

The multidimensional nature of globalization demands that we flesh out in more detail the interaction between its political and economic aspects.

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The Women, Gender and Development Reader. For a book meant to be an introduction to globalization, Steger sure loves putting his own thoughts and opinions alongside the actual facts. By latethe entire region found itself in the throes of a financial crisis that threatened to push the global economy into recession. Separate ideology from the process is helpful. The Costs and Consequences of American Empire ” is by far the best geopolitical look at globalization.

Like the blind men in the parable, each globalization researcher is partly right by correctly identifying one important dimension of the phenomenon in question. Some scholars argue that economic processes lie at the core of globalization.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger

Mar 14, Jamie rated it liked it Shelves: It’s primary concern is the empowerment of people already in western countries. Hence, free trade proponents have encountered severe criticism from labour unions and environmental groups who claim that the elimination of social control mechanisms has resulted in a lowering of global labour standards, severe forms of ecological degradation, and the growing indebtedness of the global South to the North. Sort Globalization a contested concept.


To return to our initial example, we now know that the spatial reach of Osama bin Globalziation organization rapidly expanded during the late s. You submitted the following rating and review. Moreover, there are some benefits that accrue to societies through specialization, competition, and the spread of technology. The importance of these inventions for the strengthening of globalization processes should be sreger.

Considering such pronouncements premature at best and erroneous at worst, globalization sceptics have not only affirmed the continued relevance of the nation-state as the political container of modern social life but have also pointed to the emergence of regional blocs introductkon evidence for new forms of territorialization. Return to Book Page. Markets have extended their reach around the world, in the process creating new linkages among national economies. American sociologist George Ritzer coined the term ‘McDonaldization’ to describe the wide-ranging sociocultural processes by which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world.

Here is a final example. The political dimension of globalization 5. More areas golbalization contestation Although we arrived at an adequate working definition of globalization by x out some common insights that appear whort other influential definitions, we must not lose sight of the fact that there still remain several areas of contestation.

For example, the engineers who developed laptop computers and supersonic jet planes stand on the shoulders of earlier innovators who created the steam engine, the cotton gin, the telegraph, the phonograph, the telephone, the typewriter, the internal-combustion engine, and electrical appliances.

Global Governance, Poverty and Inequality. Despite such strong differences of opinion, however, it is possible to detect some thematic overlap in various scholarly attempts to identify the essential qualities of globalization processes. Our subject is no exception. Suddenly, such technologies became affordable, even for low-income consumers. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. When did it begin?

I learned more than what google could tell me, but just enough that I didn’t feel completely overwhelmed.