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Prospects and Problems

First Edition
  • JoAnn Chirico - The Pennsylvania State University, University College

August 2013 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This groundbreaking text on globalization provides a comprehensive and enlightening overview of globalization issues and topics. Emphasizing the theory and methods that social scientists employ to study globalization, the text reveals how macro globalization processes impact individual lives—from the spread of scientific discourse to which jobs are more or less likely to be offshored. The author presents a clear image of “the big globalization picture” by skillfully exploring, piece by piece, a myriad of globalization topics, debates, theories, and empirical data. Compelling chapters on theory, global civil society, democracy, cities, religion, institutions (sports, education, and health care), along with three chapters on global challenges, help readers develop a broad understanding of key topics and issues. Throughout the text, the author encourages readers to relate their personal experiences to globalization processes, allowing for a more meaningful and relevant learning experience.

Chapter One: The World Has Gone Global
Chapter Two: Studying Globalization
Chapter Three: Setting the Stage: Foundations of Globalization
Waves of Nationhood

Early Waves of Economic Globalization

Neo-Colonialism and Cold War Strategic Advantage

The Contemporary Period of Nation Building

Shaping the Modern State

Early Globalization of Liberalism

Establishing International Law and Organization

Chapter Four: Making the Global Economy
Post WWII Waves of Economic Globalization

Shaping a New Wave

Globalization as Transitioning Industrial Sectors

Globalization as Outsourcing and Offshoring

Globalization as Trade in Labor

Growing Economic Inequalities: Within and Among Societies

The Global Economic Crisis

The View from the World Social Forum: Civil Society Reports

The View from the Group of 20

The Debt Crisis

The Circumstances of Globalization

Shaping Globalization: The Possibility of a New Order?

Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Five: Forging a Global Civil Society
Defining Civil Society

Emergence of Global Civil Society

The Challenge of Democracy in Global Civil Society

Global Civil Society: Interacting Layers of Governance

Civil Society Case Studies

Case Study: Treaty to Ban Landmines

Case Study: The Environmental Regime

The Human Rights Regime

The Global Field

Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Six: Who Gets What, When and How: Global Governance
Propositions for Global Governance


Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Seven: Globalizing Political Culture and State Governance
Globalization of Normative Criteria for Governance

Wave Effects in Globalization

Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Eight: Trends and Transitions in Democracy
2011: A New Democratic Wave?

The Development of Democracy around the World

Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Nine: Globalizing Culture: Change and Continuity
Conversion and Divergence in Globalization

Global Culture: Compromise and Clash

Cultural Flows Emerging from Global Life


Questions, Investigations

Chapter Ten: Globalization and Everyday Life

Global Patterns of Health and Health Care


Questions and Investigations

Chapter Eleven: Religion: Conflict and Compromise
Chapter Twelve: Transborder Threats to Well-Being: Inequality and Migration
Transborder Threats to Wellbeing: Inequality and Migration

Risk and Uncertainty

Inequality: The Global Pyramid

Three Case Studies to Alleviate Poverty


Questions and Investigations

Chapter Thirteen: Transborder Threats to Human Well-Being: Violent Conflict and Crime
The Challege of Violent Conflict

Peace Making and Peace Building

Transnational Organized Crime (TOC)

Responding to Risks

Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Fourteen: Transborder Threats to Human Well-Being: Food and the Environment
A World of Contrast: Starving on a Planet of Plenty

Threats to the Natural Environment

Questions, Investigations, and Resources

Chapter Fifteen: Global Trajectories: The City
Contemporary Cities

Cities and the Qualities of Life

Innovative Approaches to City Life

Questions and Investigations



Instructor Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Investigations Activities explore key concepts discussed in the text, assess students' application of concepts and analytical thinking and require students to gather data on topics such as rates of globalization in various dimensions using Mauro Guillen's Index of Globalization.

“It's well-written, comprehensive, and challenging—perfect for critically introducing globalization to undergraduates.”

Julie Steinkopf Rice
New Mexico State University

“Clearly, the greatest strength of this book stems from the enthusiasm, expertise and passion of the author…the reader cannot help but be drawn into many of the examples and case studies.”

Ken Wade
Champlain College

“The work provides strong coverage of a variety of important theoretical perspectives related to globalization and its evolution.” 

Teresa Sobieszczyk
The University of Montana

Essential reading for all sociologists - budding or not!

Sasha Pleasance
Teacher Training, South Devon College
July 6, 2016

This book is a high quality resource, and ideal for Access to HE, foundation degree or undergraduate courses.

It examines many of the key areas of Globalisation; exploring identity, technology, education, governance and democracy. Although a fantastic book, there are limited discussions about globalisation and crime, which is one of the key issues emerging in this academic area.

It provides students with an easy to understand, textbook guide to globalisation. Examining many complex arguments and facets to the phenomenon.

This book is very useful supplementary reading for any courses such as Geography, Social Science or Politics.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , St David's College
October 8, 2015

A comprehensive text to support undergraduate study.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
May 14, 2015

The book is a useful background reading for understanding the challenges of globalization in the context of international business. Recommended for undergraduate students studying international business.

Dr Natalia Yakovleva
Surrey Business school, Surrey University
January 27, 2015

This book would make an excellent backdrop to Sernau's Social Inequality in a Global Age. It provides an excellent analysis of how global policies, and social structures of inequalities, are reproduced through the lens of politics and interdependent international economies.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Humanities, Bournville College of Further Education
August 12, 2014

An excellent resource for students studying development theory or global studies. It provides a comprehensive and critical foundation and explanation for the process of globalisation and its impact on our world today.

Well written in an easily accessible format, it is a worthy and valuable companion for any student wanting to understand the international arena.

Highly recommended book!!

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
January 17, 2014

Good book, but some of my students are lower level and the reading comprehension may too high for them.

I am going to consider this book for my World Demography class I am teaching in Summer 2014, so I will let you know then.

Thanks for the copy!

Mr Mark Caldwell
Sociology Dept, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
November 17, 2013
Key features
Key Features:
  • Research Case Studies demonstrate how social scientists study globalization and provide an in-depth look at important globalization topics.
  • Strong theoretical coverage includes a separate chapter that covers a range of political, economic, and cultural theories of globalization, as well as the integration of more focused theories into appropriate chapters.
  • Macro and micro issues are integrated within the same analytical framework, clarifying that these levels of social life are intimately related, not two distinct realms of experience.
  • A chapter on the history of globalization lays the foundation for understanding contemporary globalization.
  • Active learning features include 
    • Consider This boxes that challenge students to critically reflect on the meaning or consequences of a specific recent event,
    • A Closer Look boxes that focus on a specific aspect of globalization as it applies to world events,
    • Check It Out Yourself boxes that guide students in examining the evidence, as well as
    • chapter-ending investigations, debate questions, and critical thinking questions.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

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