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Manfred Steger, professor of Global Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa argues that globalization has four main dimensions: economic, political, cultural. For many scholars and political activists, “globalization” encompasses a variety of Manfred Steger presents globalization in plain, readable English as a. Presenting globalization as a multifaceted process encompassing global, In this fourth edition Steger discusses some of the key features of recent years, such .

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As we noted in our previous discussion of Osama bin Laden, such processes of hybridization have become most visible in fashion, music, dance, film, food, and language.

The other group was comprised of professional bureaucrats and soldiers who would later play a key role in the monopolization of the means of violence in the hands of the rulers, the precise accounting of food surpluses necessary for the growth and survival of the centralized state, the steyer of new territory, the establishment of permanent trade routes, and the systematic exploration of distant regions. First, globalization involves the creation of new and the multiplication of existing social networks and activities that increasingly overcome traditional political, economic, cultural, and geographical boundaries.

Billions of shares change hands on an average trading day. Chased around the globe by its burning desire for ever-expanding markets for its products, the bourgeoisie has no choice but settle everywhere; cultivate everywhere; establish connections everywhere. If such a promising scenario indeed will come to pass, then the final outcome of political globalization might well be the emergence of a cosmopolitan democracy that would constitute the basis for a plurality of identities flourishing within a structure of mutual toleration and accountability.

The contemporary experience of living and globaliswtion across cultural borders means both the loss of traditional meanings and the creation of new symbolic expressions.

David Held, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics Globalization as a concept refers both to the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole. The multidimensional nature of globalization demands that we flesh out in more detail the interaction between its political and economic aspects. This challenge becomes even more formidable in the case of a very short introduction.

A Very Short Introduction 3rd edn. Some scholars consciously limit the historical scope of globalization to the last four decades of postindustrialism in order to capture its contemporary features. However, glibalisation behind the fajade of repetitive TV commercials that claim to ‘love to see you smile’, we can identify a number of serious problems.


Third, globalization involves the intensification and acceleration of social exchanges and activities. Overall, then, we ought to reject premature pronouncements of the impending demise of the nation-state while acknowledging its increasing difficulties in performing some of its traditional functions.

Dimensions of globalization

Predicting that democratic rights will ultimately become detached from their narrow relationship to discrete territorial units, these optimistic voices anticipate the creation of a democratic global Incipient global governance: Hence, before we explore in some detail the five main dimensions of globalization in subsequent chapters of this book, I suggest we give this weighty argument stegfr fair hearing.

Our deconstruction of Osama bin Laden has provided us with a real-life example of the intricate – and sometimes contradictory – social dynamics of globalization. Public Health and Epidemiology. After making its way globalisatioon the secluded mountains of eastern Afghanistan to the capital city of Kabul, the videotape was dropped off by an unknown courier outside the local office of Al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based television company.

Dimensions of globalization – Wikipedia

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On the surface, these principles appear to be rational in their attempts to offer efficient and predictable ways of serving people’s needs. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology vol. A “set of processes” not a “condition” towards greater interdependence and integration among the various cultures of the world.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. To argue that globalization refers to a set of social processes propelling us towards the condition of globality may eliminate the danger of circular definitions, but it gives us only one defining characteristic of the process: As we will see in Chapter 8, the WTO became, in the s, the focal point of intense public controversy over the design and the effects of economic globalization.

Some globalization researchers believe that political globalization might facilitate the emergence of democratic transnational social forces anchored in this thriving sphere of global civil society.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

There can be no doubt that it was the existence of this chain of global interdependencies and interconnections that made possible the instant broadcast of bin Laden’s speech to a global audience. Yet, a large part of the money involved in these global financial exchanges has little to do with supplying capital for such productive investments as putting together machines or organizing raw materials and employees to produce saleable commodities.


Indeed, the tensions between the forces of particularism and those of universalism have reached unprecedented levels only because interdependencies that connect the local to the global have been growing faster than at any time in history. The various sections of the programme were mainly directed at countries with large foreign debts remaining from the s and s. Hence, free trade proponents have encountered severe criticism from labour unions and environmental groups who claim that the elimination of social control mechanisms has resulted in a lowering of global labour standards, severe forms of ecological degradation, and the growing indebtedness of the global South to the North.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction – Manfred B. Steger – Google Books

The Southeast Asia Crisis represents but one of these recent stegrr reversals brought on by the globalization of financial transactions. Guided by the activities of multinational banks, The discovery of America prepared the way for mighty indus- try and its creation of a truly global market.

The particularist protectionists on the right feel threatened by multiculturalism because they want to maintain a sort of cultural purity. Competitive exchange rates, to assist export-led growth; 6. It will soon become fairly obvious why a deconstruction of those images provides important clues to the nature and dynamics of the phenomenon we have come to call ‘globalization’. Quick reference and more capitalism decolonization globalization information language modernity neoliberalism postmodernism technology United Nations World Social Forum.

Thus, bin Laden’s AK could have come from anywhere in the world.

At the same time, however, the activities of global terrorist networks have revealed the inadequacy of conventional national globalisatoin structures based on the modern nation-state system, thus forcing national governments to engage in new forms of international cooperation.

Reinforced on a daily basis, these persistent experiences of global interdependence gradually change people’s individual and collective identities, and thus dramatically impact the way they act in the world. Globalization is not a single process but a stegerr of processes that operate simultaneously and unevenly on several levels and in various dimensions.

The economic dimension of globalization 4.