Globalisation and Modernity

  • Tony Bilton
  • Kevin Bonnett
  • Pip Jones
  • David Skinner
  • Michelle Stanworth
  • Andrew Webster
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Abstract

This chapter discusses and illustrates the concept of globalisation — the process whereby political, social, economic and cultural relations increasingly take place on a global scale. In doing so, it highlights the following:
  • That globalisation has its roots in modernity and that, in turn, we can now see the globalisation of modernity.

  • That globalisation is a process not a state, that is, that social life is becoming more and more globalised.

  • That globalisation challenges existing sociological agendas and raises new questions about social life.

  • Globalisation has uneven and varied impacts. Studying globalisation effectively involves appreciating the tensions between global and local processes.

  • The future of the world is not predictable simply because of the emergence of globalisation: there are many possible futures.

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Further Reading

  1. Bauman, Z. (1998) Globalisation, Open University Press, Milton Keynes. Short and very up to date!Google Scholar
  2. Giddens, A. (1990) The Consequences of Modernity, Polity Press, Cambridge. For conceptual discussion of globalisation and modernityGoogle Scholar
  3. Hirst, P. and Thompson, G. (1996) Globalisation in Question, Polity Press, Cambridge. Very good on the economic issues.Google Scholar
  4. Walters, M. (1995) Globalization, Routledge, London. Probably the best general introduction to the topic.Google Scholar
  5. The magazine New Internationalist is full of interesting material on the inequalities of the global system — accessible and stimulating for students.Google Scholar

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© Tony Bilton, Kevin Bonnett, Pip Jones, David Skinner, Michelle Stanworth and Andrew Webster 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Bilton
  • Kevin Bonnett
  • Pip Jones
  • David Skinner
  • Michelle Stanworth
  • Andrew Webster

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