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.