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Understanding Globalization: The Social Consequences of Political, Economic, and Environmental Change Paperback – January 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0742561809 ISBN-10: 0742561801 Edition: Fourth Edition

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Fourth Edition edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742561801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742561809
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Understanding Globalization is an exceptional book that thoroughly covers contemporary issues relating to globalization that students find extremely readable. (Ione DeOllos, associate professor of sociology, Ball State University)

Praise for previous editions: This clearly written and vastly comprehensive book is a valuable and fascinating read. . . . Schaeffer turns his gaze to topics as varied as inflation, debt crises at home and abroad, stock market booms and busts, hunger and agriculture, free trade agreements, global climate change, democratization, and the global drug trade. In nearly every case, the research is solid and the choice of details fascinating. . . . I would recommend this book for general readers . . . or mid-level courses wishing to incorporate a global perspective. (Contemporary Sociology)

Schaeffer presents a balanced and geographically informed perspective on the uneven outcomes of globalization. In the new edition, he has astutely included a discussion of fair trade versus free trade, a new chapter on migration and provides the context for many of the most significant global changes that confront the North and South in the twenty-first century. The book is both accessible and substantial—a rare accomplishment. It has become my 'go-to' book on globalization. (Lisa Benton-Short, George Washington University)

Praise for previous editions:This clearly written and vastly comprehensive book is a valuable and fascinating read. . . . Schaeffer turns his gaze to topics as varied as inflation, debt crises at home and abroad, stock market booms and busts, hunger and agriculture, free trade agreements, global climate change, democratization, and the global drug trade. In nearly every case, the research is solid and the choice of details fascinating. . . . I would recommend this book for general readers . . . or mid-level courses wishing to incorporate a global perspective. (Contemporary Sociology)

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Robert K. Schaeffer is professor of sociology at Kansas State University.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim McMicken on January 26, 2013
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Read for class, easy read and very interesting. I especially like how the author tied everything together in a cause and effect. I'm pretty well read and but still learned a lot more about world history events and their long term impacts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay Karimi on January 29, 2013
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Somewhere in the middle of chapter 1 it became clear that this author lacked some basic economic concepts. How can you start a discussion of globalization without talking about mercantilism, David Ricardo's comparative advantage and the benefits of free trade? The author perpetuated 19th century misconceptions of trade being a zero sum game instead of a win-win scenario. After reading the book, I discovered the author is a journalist and sociologist, not an economist. Having a non-economist explain globalization is like having a butcher lecture on surgery.

If you do have to read this book for a class, as I did, there is a positive take away from the otherwise disjoint 13 chapters of text. It explains how seemingly small economic and political actions in one region can send ripples throughout the world economy over years, or even decades. There is a definite interdependency of markets around our globe and understanding how to navigate these risky waters an exploit opportunities should be the lesson taken from this book.
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