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Globalization

  • Leslie Sklair
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Abstract

Globalization refers to the growing interdependence of different parts of the world. Globalization theories involve looking beyond nation states and the relations between them to social processes which result from social interaction on a world scale, such as the development of an increasingly Integrated global economy and the explosion of worldwide telecommunications. The aim of this chapter is to explain some of the different ways in which sociologists have approached globalization and illustrate some of the major topics in globalization research, It should help you to understand:
  • What sociologists mean by globalization

  • What is meant by world-systems theory

  • The ideas of a global culture and a global society

  • The contribution of global capitalism theory

  • Some of the main issues in globalization research

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Further Reading

  1. Albrow, M. The Global Age, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1996. A ‘Weberian’ attempt to interpret globalization in terms of the transition to the global age.Google Scholar
  2. McMichael, P. Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective, Thousand Oaks, Pine Forge Press, 1996. The first sociology of development textbook written from an explicitly global perspective.Google Scholar
  3. Sklair, L. Sociology of the Global System, 2nd edn, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. A critical discussion of how global capitalism structures the world in terms of the transnational practices of transnational corporations, the transnational capitalist class and the culture ideology of consumerism.Google Scholar
  4. Yearly, S. Sociology, Environmentalism, Globalization: Reinventing the Globe, London, Sage, 1996. One of the few books on environmental sociology that assesses issues of globalization.Google Scholar

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