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Jan Aart Scholte
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5 Aug 2005
A systematically revised and updated new edition of a highly acclaimed text which was an immediate bestseller on courses around the world. The second edition takes a broader perspective giving increased coverage of other dimensions of globalization alongside its core focus on the rise of supraterritoriality which, the author argues, is globalization's most distinctive feature.

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2Rev Ed edition (5 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333977025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333977026
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of previous edition:

'[S]uperb...[T]he theoretical perspective works! It informs! It clarifies! It stimulates!...This is a book that can serve as an introductory text in all fields. It is the kind of work that can help promote movement in the direction the academy, its classrooms, and its research centers should be going: toward the unity of knowledge in a world ever more tied together by nonterritorial processes, structures, and norms.' - James N. Rosenau, International Studies Review

'Do we need another book on globalization? Jan Aart Scholte is modest enough to pose this question, but his text is a plausible riposte. What we get in here is the most accessible textbook yet produced: this book can be recommended to students with confidence that here is a coherent view of globalization that can be tested against other arguments and information...Scholte's book is the best available version of the globalization paradigm.' - Martin Shaw, Millennium

'[A]n impressive analysis of contemporary globalization that convincingly demonstrates why superterritoriality needs to be taken more seriously in the academy and beyond.' - Tony McGrew, New Political Economy

Reviews of current edition:

'... required reading for anyone interested in the various dimensions of contemporary globalization.  Scholte has succeeded in writing a book that is, in fact, much more than an 'introduction'.'  - Wil Hout, Development and Change

About the Author

JAN AART SCHOLTE is Professor of Politics and International Studies, and Co-Director for the Study of Globalsation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, UK.

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This is the ideal guide to globalisation. The term 'globalisation' is often misued to decorate exagerated academic theses and increase sales - the term is sprayed around like perfume to freshen up the appearance of many books (just try googling it). At last, here is a book which avoids the clouds of obsification caused by other authors who either explain the benefits of the currently dominant neoliberal economic doctrine and call this globalisation, or critique the resemblence of imperial and colonial tendencies by powerful elites and are branded as the anti-globalisation movement (a contridiction if ever there was one).
This book describes the core characteristic of globalisation as superteritoriality, in which the emerging priority is no longer the nation-state, but is the realisation of a global-space. Here there is no single globalisation but multiple developments of which economic integration is only one. Globalisation may be unstoppable, but there are opportunities for us to shape the emergent trends of identity, knowledge, production and governance and so give greater emphasis to tackling inequality, promoting democracy and striving for greater security.
Scholte's book is the best available description of globalisation. We need to know more about the world and this may be a textbook but it is an easy read and makes the world more accessible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Nov 2013
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Interesting, although there are better ones around. A bit boring and in the first chapters keeps of repeating the same concepts over and over again
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to globalization 5 Nov 2013
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Scholte's book seems to be an important contribution to the globalization debate. It is rather easily read, and I would therefore recommend it to anyone with an initial interest in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough analysis 14 Nov 2013
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Stunning and thorough examination of the topic, useful in analyzing from different perspectives. Excellent framework, we've used for classifying and comprehending other works in the field
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad place to start but already dated 25 May 2011
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This is not a bad text; it simply overviews many on the main themes in contemporary globalization studies. It examines; production, security and insecurity, governance and knowledge.

However anyone looking for something comprehensive should probably look elsewhere and note that this is very light on social theory and heavy on your typical `globalization began in 1987' tagline. It could easily to retitled as introduction to global processes, but it a place to start nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction 17 May 2011
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This text provides an excellent introduction to the filed of Globalization Studies. It offers thoughtful consideration of the debates around globalization ranging from political to economic to cultural issues. The text provides a large volume of information, examples and data, but challenges readers to develop their own response to problems and issues. It is a helpful starting point for entry into this very broad topic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special 20 Feb 2011
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This book is truly boring. The author comes up with new definitions for the word " globalization", he calls it new vocabulary. To some of the words he doesn't give a good translation and explanation such as " supritetorrialy or transplanetary". Moreover, you don't have those on web either means if you stack there is no way to go to other source to understand them. Scholte talks about globalization, constantly repeat himself and do not give any solutions.
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