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Globalization: The Essentials [Hardcover]

George Ritzer

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February 21, 2011 0470655607 978-0470655603 1
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 contains the all major areas in an accessible and affordable format for undergraduate students
  • 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 sources, including empirical research, theories, newspaper and magazine articles, monographs, and popular books
  • Designed to work as a basic text in globalization courses, or as a supplementary text in courses that include globalization as one of several topics

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"In this textbook, Ritzer (sociology, U. of Maryland) provides a compact but still comprehensive version of his larger work on globalization . . . While written as a textbook, readers other than students might appreciate this interesting and informative introduction to a singularly complex topic." (Book News, 1 August 2011)

"Even in such a crowded market, this volume does therefore serve as a useful addition to the burgeoning number of textbooks." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 February 2011)


"Among social sciences, sociology offers the widest angle on globalization and among sociology texts this book covers most bases. Wide in coverage, ranging from economics to cultural trends, broad in approach, conceptually clear and fluent, this ranks as the most comprehensive overview text of globalization so far."
Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Opening vistas illuminating the vicissitudes of globalization, Ritzer shines bright light on these processes. His text offers an erudite, nuanced, and accessible analysis, with vital insights."
James H. Mittelman, American University

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