Argues that globalization is here to stay in spite of rumors of its demise. The contention that globalization is not new but simply the continuation of a long-term process is challenged to point out its many unprecedented characteristics & the never-seen-before possibilities it has opened for humanity. The enormous quantitative changes in economic, cultural, & military components wrought by globalization have created qualitative changes. Claims that globalization is designed to spread American values/interests are belied in light of the global spread of such things as Japanese sushi, Latin American telenovelas, & fundamentalist Islam. It is maintained that globalization has paved the way for new rivals to contest American hegemony & power politics continue to thrive. Consideration is given to debates about the link between globalization & inequality & whether globalization has made the world a safer place. The most dangerous deficit currently facing humanity is described as the "gap between the need for effective collective action at the global level & the ability of the international community to satisfy that need.". J. Lindroth
Updated to reflect recent global developments, the second edition of Globalization: A Basic Text presents an up-to-date introduction to major trends and topics relating to globalization studies. Features updates and revisions in its accessible introduction to key theories and major topics in globalizationIncludes an enhanced emphasis on issues relating to global governance, emerging technology, global flows of people, human trafficking, global justice movements, and global environmental sustainabilityUtilizes a unique set of metaphors to introduce and explain the highly complex nature of glob.
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.