This rather slim addition carries a `weighty topic' rather well. The author Mr Steger is an eminent Professor of Global Studies at Melbourne Institute of Technology and he talks about how the term came into being. As Mr Steger comments, a growing number of academics and political, commentators invoked the term to describe a number of changing parameters in economics ideological, ecological, cultural and political frameworks. These aspects, which in recent decades have been seen more than from the perspective of one nation's viewpoint but rather as a global concern/view. What we get in this, well thought-out and, readable book is Mr Manfred Steger's multifaceted development encapsulating global, regional, and local aspects of social life, in addition to explaining the various magnitudes of globalization. The book is neatly divided into sections explain one theme and or the other, and yes there is a plethora of `jargon' in the mix, so keeping a dictionary to hand maybe a good idea. However, what comes to the fore, in the later part of the book, is Steger's premise that `Globalisation' is not necessarily a modern age phenomenon but rather as old as the ability human beings have had for putting their thoughts into the `written word'. For me this was both a thought provoking and somewhat enlightening read.