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Prospects and Problems

First Edition
  • JoAnn Chirico - The Pennsylvania State University, University College

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Comparative Sociology

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



Instructor Site

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.

This book brings us up to date with the process of globalisation. It is full of essential reading for the course. The author relates to so many of the topics we cover and the detail is exceptional. I liked the layout and order of the topics. This will be invaluable to our students.

Ms Lynette Jordan
School of Education, Glasgow University
November 11, 2013

This is an excellent student/tutor friendly text very suitable for undergraduate teaching. It is clear and topical on a subject which is crowded with much literature. However this book cuts through the main sub- issues in a fashion that is compatable with class discussion.

Mr Michael Mahadeo
Dept of Sociology & Appl'd Soc Studies, Ulster University
October 17, 2013

Very good introduction for the dozen themes it tackles. I advised my students who work on one of those themes to read the chapter in question as an introduction to their research.

Professor Mathieu De Wasseige
Language, H.E.G./I.H.E.C.S.
October 17, 2013

This a very good text book, identifying and conceptualizing globalization in a format that is digestable to students, but yet still offering criticality. Politically astute and socially relevant

CHILDHOOD STUDIES, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 17, 2013

The book is not appropriate for a Master level course. Furthermore, as an economist I strongly disagree with large parts of the book. I am not sure the author has read economics beyond the most basic level.

Professor Henrik Hansen
Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen
October 16, 2013

This book is an ideal for students to develop their understanding of global issues. It will become essential reading for the module Law, Globalisation and Ethics.

Mr Gordon Macleod
Business,Law and Publice Services, University Centre at Blackburn College
October 4, 2013

very good intro text

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Sociology , Keele University
September 17, 2013

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