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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For a book meant to be an introduction to globalization, Steger sure loves putting his own thoughts and opinions alongside the actual facts. A broad, quick, and exciting introduction to globalization and the history of our ever growing interconnectedness. All that sort of stuff.

Account Options Sign in. It was concise and an excellent resource for quickly finding information as a starting point of the concepts covered in a Globalization course. The Internet, in particular, has assumed a fery function in facilitating globalization through the creation of the World Wide Web that connects billions of individuals, private associations, and governments. The enormous plague epidemic of the midth century, for example, killed up to one-third of the respective populations of China, the Middle East, and Europe.

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Hence, I suggest that we use the term globality to signify a social condition characterized by the existence of global economic, political, cultural, and environmental interconnections and flows that make many of the currently existing borders and boundaries irrelevant. Finished it with a slightly less slight notion. Within only three years, however, Al-Jazeera was offering its Middle Eastern audience a dizzying array of programmes, transmitted around the clock by powerful satellites put into orbit by European rockets and American space shuttles.

Advanced forms of technology capable of overcoming existing geographical and social obstacles were largely absent; thus, enduring long-distance interactions never materialized.

Deregulation of the economy 3. The Remaking of Social Contracts. Some globalization researchers believe that political globalization might facilitate the emergence of democratic transnational social forces anchored in this thriving sphere of global civil society.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. To argue that globalization refers to a set of social processes propelling us towards the condition of globality may eliminate the danger of circular definitions, but it gives us only one defining characteristic of the process: We have now seen the clear rise of a new political force on the right, not religiously motivated, that is against aspects of market globalism, as defined in this book, and against aspects of justice gl Considers a lot of the main concepts involved in this process.

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The first half of the book was more familiar to me, summarizing the impact of globalization on the world, with a chapter each on economic, political, cultural, and ecological impacts. I have been involved in anti-globalization actions and social justice movements for many years. Famous investor Jim Rogers explains history and economics close to the ground as he travels round the world.

Barber asserts that both forces ultimately work against a participatory form of democracy, for they are equally prone to undermine civil liberties and thus thwart the possibility of a global democratic future. On the surface, these principles appear to be rational in their attempts to offer efficient and predictable ways of serving people’s needs. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5.

However, as the IMF demanded even stronger austerity measures in return for new loans, the Argentine economy went sour.

Learning from the Ground Up. In the second half of the book, the writer identifies three main ideologies that drive globalization today. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes politics, government issues, economics, and human nature. By destroying their own countries culture, compounding the destruction already wielded by market globalists, justice globalists have took away the platform within which democratic values can be supported and within which they can make globalizahion sense and have any meaning.

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Globalization in history is globalization a new phenomenon? The author is definitely egalitarian and his bias comes through in several places.

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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger

A growing number of scholars and political activists have invoked the term to describe a variety globapization changing economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are alleged to have accelerated in the last few decades. In this earliest phase introeuction globalization, contact among thousands of hunter and gatherer bands spread all over the world was geographically limited and mostly coincidental. For the most part, however, globalization in the prehistoric period was severely limited.

Feeling its trunk, one blind man argued that the elephant was like a lively snake. Indeed, technological progress of the magnitude seen in the last three decades is a good indicator for the occurrence of profound social transformations. Today’s financial markets stretch around the globe, and electronic trading occurs around the clock. Overall, then, we ought to reject premature pronouncements of the impending demise of the nation-state while acknowledging its increasing difficulties in performing some of its traditional functions.


Started this book with the slightest of notions of what globalization is.

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In that sense, then, globalization is associated with inequality. These giant firms and their global strategies have become major determinants of trade flows, the location of industries, and other economic activities around the world. Indeed, like ‘modernization’ and other verbal nouns that end in the suffix ‘-ization’, the term ‘globalization’ suggests a sort of dynamism best captured by the notion of’development’ or ‘unfolding’ along discernible patterns.

Thus, bin Laden’s AK could have come from anywhere in the world. Hence, we ought to acknowledge the decline of the nation-state as a sovereign entity and the ensuing devolution of state power to regional and local governments as well as to various supranational institutions.

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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

Trade liberalization, coupled with the abolition of import licensing and a reduction of tariffs; 7. All these groups have lined themselves up against “privileged white males”, which includes many females and many non-white people, if they don’t tow the party linewhere they see these people as representing a culture that should be destroyed. Dazzling artistry and brilliant philosophical achievements stimulated new discoveries in other fields of knowledge such as astronomy, mathematics, and chemistry.

Very Short Introductions If we are talking about the ‘cultural’, we are concerned with the symbolic construction, articulation, and dissemination of meaning. Stegef Osama bin Laden The infamous videotape bears no date, but experts estimate that the recording was made less than two weeks before it was broadcast.

I expected much more. A growing number of scholars and political activists have invoked the term to describe a variety of changing economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are alleged to have accelerated in the last few decades.