The second edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies offers students clear and informed chapters on the history of globalization and key theories that have considered the causes and consequences of the globalization process. There are substantive sections looking at demographic, economic, technological, social and cultural changes in globalization. The handbook examines many negative aspects – new wars, slavery, illegal migration, pollution and inequality – but concludes with an examination of responses to these problems through human rights organizations, international labour law and the growth of cosmopolitanism. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches with essays covering sociology, demography, economics, politics, anthropology and history.
The second edition has been completely revised and features important new thinking on themes such as Islamophobia and the globalization of religious conflict, shifts in global energy production such as fracking, global inequalities, fiscal transformations of the state and problems of taxation, globalization and higher education, and an analysis of the general sense of catastrophe that surrounds contemporary understandings of the consequences of a global world.
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Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center at The City University of New York and the Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and the Society at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). He published The Religious and the Political (2013).
Robert Holton is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology in the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia.Review:
This volume embraces exhaustively and competently the transdisciplinarily mutating field of Globalization Studies. It charts not only widely dislocated subfields (from health and sexuality through violence and crime to consumption and fan cultures) but also the permanently oscillating trade-off between the desirable and the repugnant, the cohesive and the destructive dimensions of globalization. It does so with a rare sense for the overlapping, often rhizomatic, and ultimately unpredictable character of globalization processes. The reader will discover that systematically exploring the several―and often mutually contradictory―facets of globalization coincides with demythologizing its meaning. Globalization is a much more complex phenomenon than just being a postmodern twist of the modern iron cage.
Armando Salvatore, Professor of Global Religious Studies, McGill University, Australia
This book really understands the needs of global studies students and represents a major resource for scholars in many disciplines. Its range and scope mark it out as an exceptional work.
The second edition is as sharp and up-to-date as it is possible to be. The Handbook provides students with all the necessary tools to study contemporary globalization, in all its complexity. This is some achievement. The book is by some distance the best of its kind.
Chris Rumford, Professor of Political sociology and Global Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London
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