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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 books including The McDonaldization of Society (1993, 2011), 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
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.
2 Theorizing Globalization.
Anti-Americanism as a Global Process.
Neo-Liberalism: Basic Ideas.
The Neo-Liberal State.
Critiquing Neo-Liberalism: Karl Polanyi.
Contemporary Criticisms of Neo-Liberalism.
3 Structuring the Global Economy.
Before Bretton Woods.
A Prior 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).
International 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?
4 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.
5 Global Political Structures and Processes.
On Political Flows.
Threats to the Nation-State.
International human rights.
"Shadow 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).
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs).
6 High-Tech Global Flows and Structures.
Technology, Media, and the Internet.
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.
7 Global Culture and Cultural Flows.
Muslim Girl Scouts.
Indian sari weavers.
McDonaldization, expansionism, and globalization.
Beyond fast food.
The Globalization of Nothing.
Cricket, local, glocal, or grobal?
8 Global Flows of Migrants.
Flows of Migrants to and from the US.
Illegal Mexican migants 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.
9 Global Environmental Flows.
Differences Among Nation-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?
10 Negative Global Flows and Processes.
Dangerous 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.
12 Dealing with, Resisting, and the Future of, Globalization.