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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – March 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0199552269 ISBN-10: 0199552266 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199552266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199552269
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant overview for anyone who is purely interested in learning more about the causes and effects of globalization. This book is a concise, uncomplicated and very readable explanation of a very important process in the world today. Steger does an excellent job of remaining objective when examining the positive and negative consequences of the globalization process and astutely evaluates its role in world development." --AALL Spectrum

About the Author


Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Global Studies and Academic Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT University. Steger has acted as a consultant on globalization for the U.S. State Department.

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This book makes poor arguments, or none at all.
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I got this book right on time , its really good read if you want a grasp of the subject of globalization.
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Any political enthusiasts should definitely read this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on September 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book explains globalization, surveys some of what has been written, then holds it under logical scrutiny. It also describes how contempory events relate to globalization.

This book was written in 2003 when the Al Qaeda attacks were still foremost on our consciousness. The author opens by deconstructing the video bin Laden released in October of 2001. For all of his bluster about imperialistic globalization, it is clear through not only his accessories (nice Timex) but also the mode his message was delivered through that he and his organization have been direct beneficiaries of the globalization he claims to despise. The author's point isn't so much bin Laden but that very few of us can escape the emerging "globality" that the processes of globalization have led us to.

In the introductory chapter, the author explains the difference between the condition of globality and the processes of globalization. He notes that much of the contemporary writings on the subject have focused on one process to the exclusion of the others, but that they are all part of a whole (the analogy of the blind scholars examining the elephant comes up). This was the hardest chapter to get through out of the whole book. In addition to parsing through existing concepts, he also used some really obtuse language. "Extensity" is a word, but maybe something like "pervasive" would have worked better? And "areas of contestation" wins this month's prize for the most awkward phrasing I have seen in a book. "Contested areas" wouldn't have been appropriate why?

That's the worst thing I can say about the book. He gives an excellent breadown of the history of trade, modernity and emerging globalization. (If you've read "Guns, Germs and Steel", you can just skim this part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2013
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Manfred Stegner's "Globalization" explores a very broad, nebulous subject in a very short introduction from Oxford University Press. Stegner, Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii- Manoa and Professor of Global Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, has written more that 20 books and has served as a consultant on globalism to, among other places, the United States State Department.

Stegner shows in his book that globalism is a highly changing, dynamic subject. The dynamism of globalism may be illustrated at once by this "very short introduction's" publishing history. The first edition of the book was published in 2003. It was well received and reviewed and translated into several languages. Then, in 2009, Stegner published a second edition which brought the book current through the foreign and globalization policies of President George W. Bush. In May 2013, Stegner published a third edition of his "very short Introduction" which considers the global financial crisis of 2008-2010, natural disasters in 2011, and the 2011 killing of Osama Bin Laden. These developments all have important bearings upon understanding the direction of globalization. I am reviewing the second, 2009, edition here. I found the book in the public library and read it before becoming aware that it had already been superseded by a new edition. Such is the pace of change. The book is valuable, but readers should consult the newest edition if possible.

Stegner explores the nature and history of globalization and offers an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. The book is succinct and written on an informative, high level for lay readers wanting to learn about the subject.
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By missting on June 3, 2014
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interesting book had to read it for a sociology class, short book easy to read, very interesting if you are curious about the world
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By Andalus on March 13, 2014
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required reading for class, but not boring at all.
its differently a source of enlightenment for any
comm major that is interested in the outside world
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By nexusBOS on January 28, 2014
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I ordered this book a long time time ago, but I never got it. It was for my fall 2012 school year and it never arrived. I figured since it was only 10 bucks it didn't matter, but it's a good thing for future buyers to know.
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Unlike many history books, this short book seeks to debunk the myths surrounding the eurocentric viewpoint that the "west is best," and the reasoning that the western world ended up on top because it was supposed to. As Steger makes abundantly obvious through his concepts of historical accidents, conjunctures, and contingencies, nothing in this world happens in isolation of everything else. While I found much of the content towards the middle of the book to be rather dry, the book does an excellent job of providing an unbiased, global perspective of how the world today came to be.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hovanesian on November 15, 2012
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This Very Short Introduction on Globalization as a very strong anti-globalization slant, which may discourage some people who support free economic systems from finishing it. That being said, it was very informative and interesting: I found the history of early globalization, which explained how people migrated from Africa to the rest of the world, to be particularly interesting. The last few chapters did get a little bit dry, but overall, a heavily biased but interesting read.
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