Understanding Globalization: The Social Consequences of Political, Economic, and Environmental Change

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This best-selling text vividly shows how political and economic changes affect people's lives in different settings around the world. Five entirely new chapters in this edition survey theories of globalization (including critical and feminist perspectives); describe the globalization of production and its impact on work and gender relations; examine the impact in developing countries of export manufacturing, tourist industries, and the growing 'traffic in women'; and depict new dimensions of the environmental movement. Updates throughout the text cover recent world events, including war and international terrorism.

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Robert K. Schaeffer is professor of sociology at Kansas State University. He is the editor of War in the World-System (1990), author of Power to the People: Democratization Around the World (1997), Severed States: Dilemmas of Democracy in a Divided World (1999), and co-author, with Torry Dickinson, of Fast Forward: Work, Gender, and Protest in a Changing World (2001).

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Globalization is a multifaceted phenomenon, and Robert Schaeffer's inquiry creatively—and yet in detail—traces both the uniformities and the diversities embedded in its dynamics. (James N. Rosenau, The George Washington University)

Robert Schaeffer has taken the entire world as his subject and has made it remarkably comprehensible. I can't think of a better guide to this new world. (John B. Judis The New Republic)

A remarkably clear exposition of the major economic developments of the last two decades. It cuts through jargon and pap, and is therefore a great assist to serious reflection and intelligent debate for all concerned citizens. (Immanuel Wallerstein, State University of New York, Binghamton)

For the purposes of teaching the book is to be highly recommended. (The European Journal Of Development Research)

Understanding Globalization is an excellent overview of the globalizing processes of the past fifty years. (Missiology: An International Review)

This clearly written and vastly comprehensive book is a valuable and fascinating read. . . . Schaeffer turns his gaze to topics as varied as inflation, debt crises at home and abroad, stock market booms and busts, hunger and agriculture, free trade agreements, global climate change, democratization, and the global drug trade. In nearly every case, the research is solid and the choice of details fascinating. . . . I would recommend this book for general readers . . . or mid-level courses wishing to incorporate a global perspective. (J. Timmons Roberts Contemporary Sociology)

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