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Essentials of Globalization is a highly useful compact edition of the author's full-scale textbook, Globalization: A Basic Text. The Essentials is written in a style accessible to undergraduates, and draws on both academic and popular sources in its explanations. A highly useful compact version of Globalization: A Basic Text , which still contains the major areas whilst being especially affordable for the student market Develops a unique perspective on globalization early in the book and uses it throughout to orient and organize discussion of a wide range of topics and parts of the world Integrated use of a wide array of materials, including empirical research, theories, newspaper and magazine articles, monographs, popular books Designed to work as a basic text in a course on globalization, or as a supplementary text in that or other courses which wish to include globalization as one of several topics
George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, with awards that include the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award. He is the author of numerous book including The McDonaldization of Society (1993, 2008), The Globalization of Nothing (2003, 2007), Globalization: A Basic Text (2010) and the editor of The Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007), The Blackwell Companion to Globalization (2007) and the forthcoming The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. His work has been translated into over 20 languages.
Table of Contents
Globalization: Conceptualization, Origins, and History
From "Solids" to "Liquids"
"Heavy" and "Light"
"Heavy" Structures that Expedite "Flows"
"Heavy" Structures as Barriers to "Flows"
Subtler Structural Barriers
Origins and History of Globalization
Broader, More Recent Changes
Anti-Americanism as a Global Process
Neo-Liberalism: Basic Ideas
The Neo-Liberal State
Critiquing Neo-Liberalism: Karl Polanyi
Contemporary Criticisms of Neo-Liberalism
Structuring the Global Economy
Befor Bretton Woods
APrior Epoch of Globalization
Economic Development during and after WW II
Bretton Woods and the Bretton Woods System
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
World Trade Organization (WTO)
Internatinal Monetary Fund (IMF)
The End of Bretton Woods
Changes in, and Critiques of, Bretton-Woods-Era Organizations
Other Important Economic Organizations
The Multinational Corporation (MNC)
The Myth of Economic Globalization?
Global Economic Flows
Trade Surpluses and Deficits
Global Trade: Economic Chains and Networks
Global Value Chains: China and the US
Increasing Competition for Commodities
The Economic Impact of the Flow of Oil
Race to the Bottom and Upgrading
Upgrading in the Less Developed World?
The Great Recession
Consumer Objects and Services
Global Political Structures and Processes
On Political Flows
Threats to the Nation-State
International human rights
"Shadows of War"
In Defense of the Nation-State
Changes in Global Nation-State Relations
United Nations (UN)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Internatinal Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)
High-Tech Global Flows and Structures
India's "One Lakh Car" (or NANO)
Problematic Technological Flows
"Media Were American"
New Global Media
Thinking about the Global Media
Online Social Networking
The Internet in China
Global Culture and Cultural Flows
Muslim Girl Scouts
Indian sari weavers
McDonaldizatin, expansionism, and globalization
Beyond fast food
The Globalization of Nothing
Cricket: local, glocal, or grobal?
Global Flows of Migrants
Flows of Migrants to and from the US
Illegal Mexican migrants to the US
Migrants through Mexico and to the US
Increased law enforcement
Flow of Migrants Elsewhere in the World
Illegal immigrants in Europe
Illegal immigrants in Asia
The Case Against the Backlash to Illegal Immigration
Global Environmental Flows
Differences Among Natio-States
The Leading Environmental Problems
Destruction of Natural Habitats
Decline of Fish
Decline in Fresh Water
The paradox of bottled water
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming
Global warming and health
The Global Flow of Dangerous Debris
Dealing with Climate Change
Alternate Fuels and Power Sources
A Technological Fix?
Negative Global Flows and Processes: Dangerours Imports, Diseases, Crime, Terrorism, War
Tropical Diseases in Europe
Global Military Structures
The Impact of Negative Global Flows on Individuals
"The Bottom Billion"
E-Waste and Inequality
Global Digital Divide
Race and Ethnicity and Gender
Race and Ethnicity
Gender and the economy
Global care chains
Trafficking in the sex industry
Responding to and resisting global minority status: the case of women
Rural-Urban and Inequality
Cities: the main locus of global problems
Dealing with, Resisting, and the Future of, Globalization
Dealing with Globalization
Dealing with the Global Economy
Helping the "bottom billion"
Dealing with Political Globalization
Transparency International (TI)
A Social Movement?
More Formal Social Movements
World Social Forum and Cyberactivism
Is the Resistance to Globalization Significant?
The Futures of Globalization
A "Mad Max" Scenario
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