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Globalization: A Basic Text [Paperback]

by George Ritzer
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Book Description

August 24, 2009 140513271X 978-1405132718 1
The first full-scale textbook of its kind, Globalization provides a balanced introduction to the major topics in globalization studies.
  • 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 – empirical research, theories, newspaper and magazine articles, monographs, popular books, etc
  • Makes extensive use of maps throughout to illustrate key points about globalization
  • Includes a glossary of key terms
  • Designed to work either on its own or as a package with an accompanying cross-referenced reader constructed around the basic concepts of globalization

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“With great clarity and historical reflection, Ritzer guides readers on a grand tour of globalization and its many facets. He maps debates and charts globalization's gains and losses in our tumultuous times. This book's huge strengths are pinpointing the big questions and etching alternative futures.”
James H. Mittelman American University

“Globalization is a comprehensive and engaging account of the critical issues in this challenging field, bringing together debates from a range of disciplines in a coherent and accessible way. Drawing on examples from around the globe, and written with George Ritzer's usual clarity and command, this will be a key text for students of globalization across the social sciences.”
Fran Tonkiss, London School of Economics

“This is a remarkably wide ranging and savvy introduction to globalization.”
Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California, Santa Barbara

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The first full-scale textbook of its kind, Globalization: A Basic Text provides a balanced introduction to the major topics in globalization studies. Written in a highly accessible style, and drawing on sources both academic and popular, the book adopts a definition of globalization that emphasizes transplanetary flows and the structures that both expedite and impede those flows.

Driven by a range of theories from imperialism and Americanization (and anti-Americanism), to neo-liberalism and the neo-Marxian alternatives, as well the major types of cultural theory, the book examines the key events in the history of globalization, and the principle flows and structures produced in the course of that history. Among the major topics covered are the economy, culture, technology, media and the Internet, migration, the environment, global inequalities, and the future of globalization.

Making extensive use of maps and with a glossary of key terms, this book offers the reader not only a descriptive, but also a critical, analysis of globalization.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140513271X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405132718
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a nice book~Thank you! January 23, 2013
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It is a very useful book which you can learn globalization clearly, and know what is happening because of the globalization.
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