'Globalization' has become one of the defining buzzwords of our time - a term that describes a variety of accelerating economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are rapidly altering our experience of the world. It is by its nature a dynamic topic. This Very Short Introduction has been fully updated for a fourth edition, to include recent developments in global politics, the global economy, and environmental issues.
Presenting globalization as a multifaceted process encompassing global, regional, and local aspects of social life, Manfred B. Steger looks at its causes and effects, examines whether it is a new phenomenon, and explores the question of whether, ultimately, globalization is a good or a bad thing. In this fourth edition Steger discusses some of the key features of recent years, such as the EU fiscal crisis, the rise of robot technology and new war technology with civilian usage such as drones, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and new identity discussions around gender fluidity and sex change in the media.
Including maps, diagrams, figures, text boxes, and a timeline, this compact book provides a wealth of information on one of the key new forces in the modern world.
Table of Contents:
Preface to the fourth edition
List of abbreviations
List of illustrations
List of maps
List of figures
1. Globalization: a contested concept
2. Globalization in history: is globalization a new phenomenon?
3. The economic dimension of globalization
4. The political dimension of globalization
5. The cultural dimension of globalization
6. The ecological dimension of globalization
7. Ideologies of globalization: market globalism, justice globalism, religious globalisms
8. The future of globalization
References, Further Reading, Index
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