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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

Manfred Steger
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4 April 2013 Very Short Introductions
provides an accessible exploration of both the causes and effects of the phenomenon.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199662665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199662661
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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'Globalization' has become one of the defining buzzwords of our time - a term that describes a variety of accelerating economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are rapidly altering our experience of the world. It is by its nature a dynamic topic - and this Very Short Introduction has been fully updated for a third edition, to include recent developments in global politics, the global economy, and environmental issues.

Presenting globalization in accessible language as a multifaceted process encompassing global, regional, and local aspects of social life, Manfred B. Steger looks at its causes and effects, examines whether it is a new phenomenon, and explores the question of whether, ultimately, globalization is a good or a bad thing.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong 28 Nov 2013
By Mr. A. C. Thorne VINE VOICE
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I got this title for my son who is undertaking his GCSE preparation and in need of a well grounded introduction to the subject of globalization. Having read many of the Oxford Short Introduction titles in the past I felt sure this would be as jam packed with relevant information as the others I have read are. Well I was not wrong; for such small volumes these books pack a massive amount of content rich in salient information and key discussion points and differentiated subject sub-categories. As a lecturer in higher education, and somewhat at the risk of making too wide sweeping a statement, I would have to say that this book is as close to a main stream textbook as one can get without really spending an awful lot more money and then finding oneself wading through a mire of information to find the major points for discussion and argument. The book won't get you through a degree but it will whet your appetite for more, more, more; quite honestly in a n age where it is hard to get some people to read more than a reasonably lengthy text message with its attendant dumbed down shorthand, books like this could just about get people back into the habit of reading. All interested individuals, Sociology and Psychology students, as well as those studying Polititcs at a lower level should buy this book today and whilst you are at it take a look at the other titles in the short introduction series, you are bound to find other things of interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Done well 24 Sep 2013
By Sussman TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Topical and informative 2 Nov 2013
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Globalization describes a variety of accelerating economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are rapidly altering our experience of the world i.e. encompassing global politics, the global economy, and environmental issues. In the context of the global economic crisis, global warming, and the global village, this is even more relevant and topical. An enlightening read, well researched and flows easily, though a bit meaty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded my knowledge on subject 17 Oct 2013
By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE
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Globalisation is a term regularly bandied about and I found this book very helpful in expanding my understanding in the buzzword. Bringing in examples well known as well as unobvious, there is a clear narrative in the explanation. I would liken this entry akin to a captivating lecture from the author himself.

I think this would be interesting reading for anyone actually wanting to know what the word entails.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Globalization 17 Oct 2013
By zombielover TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I am a big fan of the "Very Short..." series of books. They are well-researched and well edited pieces of accomplished academic text which allow the reader to dip in to and briefly immerse themselves in a subject matter to a good and basically conversant level.

I found this book harder to understand than other similar titles I have read in the "Very Short..." series, and that is perhaps because of the higher amounts of jargon initially encountered. But the authorship is patient and structured, and I found this title (eventually) accessible and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Globalisation 16 Oct 2013
By Pompom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is another 'very short introduction' from OUP. Unsurprisingly with such a complex subject, this account does not necessarily do justice to the title. However, as an introduction I think it hits the mark. Those interested in understanding globalisation will of course have to read further. Recommended.
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By G. J. Oxley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The OUP have been publishing these informative and enjoyable 'A Very Short Introduction' guides for a number of years now, and to date they've produced around 360-370 of them spanning the entire spectrum of human knowledge.

This particular volume was originally published 10 years ago, but due to the increasing interest in the buzzword: 'globalization', and the prevalence of its use in the modern world of commerce, it's been updated for this new third edition by author, Manfred B. Steger.

So what does 'globalization' mean to you? Professor Sutor gives his own definition then proceeds to cover the topic in interesting, highly readable detail. This includes going into the 'recent' global financial crisis - clearly one aspect among many - that have been updated since its first edition published in 2003.

Short, sharp, snappy, and cheap, these guides are invaluable learning tools for both the student, and to those simply wishing to gain an understanding of the major areas of a subject they've taken an interest in.

And because foremost authorities are selected to write each title, and due to the almost unparalleled reputation for quality of The Oxford University Press, you can be assured you're getting 'the real deal' - i.e. carefully written material intended to introduce newcomers to each subject in a gentle, yet still rigorous way.

All the 'Very Short Introductions' I've read have served their purpose as highly-accessible primers, and 'Globalization' is no exception.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but mighty
These short introductions are anything but lightweight. For such a small book a lot of ground is covered and in some depth and detail. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alison
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting survey
I almost feel like I should outsource my review.
I quite liked this. It does provide a decent introduction but as you might expect a lot of is left out.
Published 8 months ago by The Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars good effort - but not perfect
Whilst this is not a bad book at all, for me it fell slightly short of the excellence of a number of the other short introductions series that I have read recently. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Don Panik
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to complex global processes
This is a good introduction to Globalisation as most in this OUP series are with regard to their topics. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zipster Zeus
3.0 out of 5 stars An impressive, if superficial, overview
The fact that this book has now gone into its third edition (as well as being translated into multiple languages) speaks for itself - the author must be doing something right. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily - London
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to topic - it does what it says on the 'label'
I would have liked books like this when I was revising for my finals at university nearly forty years ago. This one provides a useful commentary on what is a complex topic. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. P. Mankin
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk! A taste of American waffle
Steger lost me in his introduction, when he absurdly tried to coincide globalisation with the emergence of the United States as a world power. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Prof TBun
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