Theorizing Globalization

  • Laura M. Portnoi


‘Theorizing Globalization’ emphasizes competing and complementary theories and constructs and how differing perspectives on globalization lead to a variety of perspectives in the literature.

Portnoi provides an overview of the broad theoretical domains of modernism and postmodernism. Specific theories delineated include human capital theory; modernization theory; world-system theory; world culture theory (also known as world polity theory or neoinstitutionalism); the culturalist approach; theories of global capitalism; the theory of globalization as empire; theories related to flows and networks; theories related to time, space, and place; transnationalism and transnationality; global governance; poststructuralism; and postcolonial theory. Portnoi also outlines several constructs associated with globalization, including deterritorialization, McDonaldization, neocolonialism, glocalization, and vernacular globalization.


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  • Laura M. Portnoi
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  1. 1.California State UniversityLong BeachUSA

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