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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Globalization

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Globalization

March 2018 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In Globalization, the author explores the various intermingled aspects that make up the processes and controversies of globalization; he discusses the history and rise of the concept, sceptical and critical ideas about it, the debates around a global culture, and the implications of globalization for work, business, management and organizations.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for students of international business and anybody interested in the concept of globalization.

Introduction: Globalizatoin at Christmas, on the High Seas and in Outer Space
Chapter 1: Globalization - The Rise
Chapter 2: Globalization as Myth and Hype: Exploring the Globalization Sceptics
Chapter 3: Critics of Globalization in the North and South
Chapter 4: The Globalization Culture Wars
Chapter 5: Global Times, Global Organizations?
Chapter 6: Globalization - The Fall?

Leo McCann has managed to produce an accessible, entertaining, informative text on globalization that is infused with both scholarly heft and a healthy analytical distance, successfully navigating the treacherous divide between laudatory apologia and criticism for its own sake. This is a valuable resource for teachers, academics, and interested publics of all stripes.

Stephanie L. Mudge
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis, USA

McCann notes that much “of the literature on globalization describes it as powerful, new, inexorable, and a force for good. Closer integration of the world is inevitable and unstoppable. It is pointless to oppose and self-defeating to try.” He sets out to challenge these conclusions and the underlying assumptions in six scholarly, entertaining and insightful chapters.

This may be a small book, but it punches well above its weight.

Roger Strange
University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Journal of International Management

This book makes a beneficial introduction to a field of literature…after deconstructing the myth and hype of globalization McCann proceeds with critically examining the fields in which the concept has been most commonly drawn upon. Culture, economics and politics receive attention, focusing both on the most positive and most negative interpretations of globalization processes in these fields.

For the Organization Studies reader, the most interesting chapter [is] the chapter on global organizations. It is here that McCann’s vast knowledge on the topic of globalization is most strongly manifested.

Adrienne Sörbom
Organization Studies Journal

Highly recommended as a compact, wide-ranging, fast-paced and highly accessible guide to 30 years of globalisation debates.

Jan Aart Scholte
University of Gothenburg

I picked up this book and haven't been able to stop reading it - an amazing companion book.

2nd Year Student, BA Modern Languages and Business & Management
University of Manchester

I can highly recommend this accessible and informed book written by the inimitable Professor Leo McCann

Tim Moffatt & Alwin Evans,
University of Sheffield
Radioactive Reading Group

The reader acquires a wealth of knowledge from this book that I doubt could have been passed on in so condensed format by anyone else…It will help not only students of history, politics and the general social sciences but also audiences generally interested in this topic to understand the world better.

Maik Arnold
University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Germany
Management Learning

Topical and fascinating…This book is eminently compelling and should be intelligible to a wide audience. It is written in a concise but evocative and cogent language, with apt references to modern culture, politics and daily life. Personally, I was highly impressed (and amused).

Andrew Kozhevnikov
University of Leeds
New Technology, Work and Employment