- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (23 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199662665
- ISBN-13: 978-0199662661
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 11.2 cm
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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 23 May 2013
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About the Author
Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Professor of Global Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University). He is also the Research Leader of the Globalization and Culture Program in RMIT's Global Cities Research Institute. He has served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department and as an advisor to the PBS TV series, 'Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism'. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books on globalization and the history of political ideas, including: The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2008); the award-winning Globalisms: The GreatIdeological Struggle of the 21st Century 3rd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and Globalization The Greatest Hits: A Global Studies Reader (Paradigm Publishers, 2010).
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I was recently advised by a friend to abandon the term: Globalization. In her opinion, "people here really hate that word!" That may be but I've wracked my brain for another and come up dry. Anyway, all-in-all a worthwhile read and presents some good foundation for the points-of-view presented. As I've tied my future to the subject of Globalization/Internationalization/XXX-ization, I read a bit about it and this was worth my time.
I feel that in the end, it was in-fact, "The End" that really delighted me. It's a comprehensive list of reading's and references and it is for me a treasure. I have already discovered resources for my own work that I simply wasn't aware of. Good job! Good Read! Recommended.
Anyway, as for the text, I loved the topic, but it did seem pretty obvious at times: full of complicated definitions for terms that aren't actually that complex if you just take a second to think about it. Oh well, it was a fun class anyway!
I found the chapter on the economic aspects of globalization (chapter 3) very useful. It explains the history and role of the IMF, WTO and the World Bank in the global economy. It also discusses the West's transition from "controlled economies" to "free market capitalism." Arguing that globalization is an uneven process, the author shows how it is having very different effects on the various regions of the world. This gives us a clear vision of some of the negative impacts of the new world economy, such as a larger gap between rich and poor nations. His realistic view of globalization is a nice antidote to the cheerleading of hyperglobalizers like Thomas Friedman.
The chapter on opposition to globalization (chapter 7) does an excellent job of explaining challenges that are coming from both the right and the left. The particularist protectionists (on the right) feel threatened by multiculturalism because they want to maintain a sort of cultural purity. This often leads to their rallying against immigration and appealing to nationalism. However, like the left, they also criticize the power of the corporate elite and the negative effects globalization is having on the average domestic worker (i.e., jobs going overseas, lower wages). In the US, Pat Buchanan is a good example of this view. The universalist protectionists (on the left) tend to criticize the poor working conditions of both domestic and foreign workers. In general, universalist protectionists "are concerned with protection of the environment, fair trade and international labor issues, human rights, and women's issues." Ralph Nader is an example of a universalist protectionst.
Overall, an excellent introduction to the various facets of one of the most important issues of our time.