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Prospects and Problems

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  • JoAnn Chirico - The Pennsylvania State University, University College
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September 2013 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Globalization: Prospects and Problems is a groundbreaking globalization text that goes beyond just focusing on one theme such as cultural, economic, or political globalization, and covers the range of globalization issues and topics. Speaking to students with one voice and from one analytical framework the author presents a clear image of "the big globalization picture" by providing, piece by piece, a myriad of globalization topics, debates, theories and empirical data. The author makes a strong connection with the student by encouraging them to relate their experiences as individuals to globalization processes.
Chapter One: The World Has Gone Global
Chapter Two: Studying Globalization
Chapter Three: Setting the Stage: Foundations of Globalization
Waves of Nationhood  
Early Waves of Economic Globalization  
Neo-Colonialism and Cold War Strategic Advantage  
The Contemporary Period of Nation Building  
Shaping the Modern State  
Early Globalization of Liberalism  
Establishing International Law and Organization  
Chapter Four: Making the Global Economy
Post WWII Waves of Economic Globalization  
Shaping a New Wave  
Globalization as Transitioning Industrial Sectors  
Globalization as Outsourcing and Offshoring  
Globalization as Trade in Labor  
Growing Economic Inequalities: Within and Among Societies  
The Global Economic Crisis  
The View from the World Social Forum: Civil Society Reports  
The View from the Group of 20  
The Debt Crisis  
The Circumstances of Globalization  
Shaping Globalization: The Possibility of a New Order?  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Five: Forging a Global Civil Society
Defining Civil Society  
Emergence of Global Civil Society  
The Challenge of Democracy in Global Civil Society  
Global Civil Society: Interacting Layers of Governance  
Civil Society Case Studies  
Case Study: Treaty to Ban Landmines  
Case Study: The Environmental Regime  
The Human Rights Regime  
The Global Field  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Six: Who Gets What, When and How: Global Governance
Propositions for Global Governance  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Seven: Globalizing Political Culture and State Governance
Globalization of Normative Criteria for Governance  
Wave Effects in Globalization  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Eight: Trends and Transitions in Democracy
2011: A New Democratic Wave?  
The Development of Democracy around the World  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Nine: Globalizing Culture: Change and Continuity
Conversion and Divergence in Globalization  
Global Culture: Compromise and Clash  
Cultural Flows Emerging from Global Life  
Questions, Investigations  
Chapter Ten: Globalization and Everyday Life
Global Patterns of Health and Health Care  
Questions and Investigations  
Chapter Eleven: Religion: Conflict and Compromise
Chapter Twelve: Transborder Threats to Well-Being: Inequality and Migration
Transborder Threats to Wellbeing: Inequality and Migration  
Risk and Uncertainty  
Inequality: The Global Pyramid  
Three Case Studies to Alleviate Poverty  
Questions and Investigations  
Chapter Thirteen: Transborder Threats to Human Well-Being: Violent Conflict and Crime
The Challege of Violent Conflict  
Peace Making and Peace Building  
Transnational Organized Crime (TOC)  
Responding to Risks  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Fourteen: Transborder Threats to Human Well-Being: Food and the Environment
A World of Contrast: Starving on a Planet of Plenty  
Threats to the Natural Environment  
Questions, Investigations, and Resources  
Chapter Fifteen: Global Trajectories: The City
Contemporary Cities  
Cities and the Qualities of Life  
Innovative Approaches to City Life  
Questions and Investigations  


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Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Investigations Activities explore key concepts discussed in the text, assess students' application of concepts and analytical thinking and require students to gather data on topics such as rates of globalization in various dimensions using Mauro Guillen's Index of Globalization.

“It's well-written, comprehensive, and challenging—perfect for critically introducing globalization to undergraduates.”

Julie Steinkopf Rice
New Mexico State University

“Clearly, the greatest strength of this book stems from the enthusiasm, expertise and passion of the author…the reader cannot help but be drawn into many of the examples and case studies.”

Ken Wade
Champlain College

“The work provides strong coverage of a variety of important theoretical perspectives related to globalization and its evolution.” 

Teresa Sobieszczyk
The University of Montana

Essential reading for all sociologists - budding or not!

Sasha Pleasance
Teacher Training, South Devon College
July 6, 2016

This book is a high quality resource, and ideal for Access to HE, foundation degree or undergraduate courses.

It examines many of the key areas of Globalisation; exploring identity, technology, education, governance and democracy. Although a fantastic book, there are limited discussions about globalisation and crime, which is one of the key issues emerging in this academic area.

It provides students with an easy to understand, textbook guide to globalisation. Examining many complex arguments and facets to the phenomenon.

This book is very useful supplementary reading for any courses such as Geography, Social Science or Politics.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , St David's College
October 8, 2015

A comprehensive text to support undergraduate study.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
May 14, 2015

The book is a useful background reading for understanding the challenges of globalization in the context of international business. Recommended for undergraduate students studying international business.

Dr Natalia Yakovleva
Surrey Business school, Surrey University
January 27, 2015

This book would make an excellent backdrop to Sernau's Social Inequality in a Global Age. It provides an excellent analysis of how global policies, and social structures of inequalities, are reproduced through the lens of politics and interdependent international economies.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Humanities, Bournville College of Further Education
August 12, 2014

An excellent resource for students studying development theory or global studies. It provides a comprehensive and critical foundation and explanation for the process of globalisation and its impact on our world today.

Well written in an easily accessible format, it is a worthy and valuable companion for any student wanting to understand the international arena.

Highly recommended book!!

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
January 17, 2014

Good book, but some of my students are lower level and the reading comprehension may too high for them.

I am going to consider this book for my World Demography class I am teaching in Summer 2014, so I will let you know then.

Thanks for the copy!

Mr Mark Caldwell
Sociology Dept, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
November 17, 2013

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