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The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies

Second edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Bryan S. Turner, Robert J. Holton


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The second edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies offers students clear and informed chapters on the history of globalization and key theories that have considered the causes and consequences of the globalization process. There are substantive sections looking at demographic, economic, technological, social and cultural changes in globalization. The handbook examines many negative aspects – new wars, slavery, illegal migration, pollution and inequality – but concludes with an examination of responses to these problems through human rights organizations, international labour law and the growth of cosmopolitanism. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches with essays covering sociology, demography, economics, politics, anthropology and history.

The second edition has been completely revised and features important new thinking on themes such as Islamophobia and the globalization of religious conflict, shifts in global energy production such as fracking, global inequalities, fiscal transformations of the state and problems of taxation, globalization and higher education, and an analysis of the general sense of catastrophe that surrounds contemporary understandings of the consequences of a global world.


This volume embraces exhaustively and competently the transdisciplinarily mutating field of Globalization Studies. It charts not only widely dislocated subfields (from health and sexuality through violence and crime to consumption and fan cultures) but also the permanently oscillating trade-off between the desirable and the repugnant, the cohesive and the destructive dimensions of globalization. It does so with a rare sense for the overlapping, often rhizomatic, and ultimately unpredictable character of globalization processes. The reader will discover that systematically exploring the several—and often mutually contradictory—facets of globalization coincides with demythologizing its meaning. Globalization is a much more complex phenomenon than just being a postmodern twist of the modern iron cage.

Armando Salvatore, Professor of Global Religious Studies, McGill University, Australia

This book really understands the needs of global studies students and represents a major resource for scholars in many disciplines. Its range and scope mark it out as an exceptional work.

The second edition is as sharp and up-to-date as it is possible to be. The Handbook provides students with all the necessary tools to study contemporary globalization, in all its complexity. This is some achievement. The book is by some distance the best of its kind.

Chris Rumford, Professor of Political sociology and Global Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London

Table of Contents

PART I: Theories and Definitions 1.Theories of Globalization: Issues and origins, Bryan S. Turner and Robert J. Holton 2. Limiting Theory: Rethinking approaches to cultures of globalization, Smitha Radhakrishnan 3. Economic Theories of Globalization, Patrik Aspers and Sebastian Kohl 4. Global Inequality, Robert J. Holton 5. Internet and Globalization, Lior Gelerntner and Motti Regev 6. Anti-Globalization Movements: From critiques to alternatives, Tom Mertes 7. History and Hegemony: The United States and twenty first century globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse 8. Vulnerability and Globalization: The social impact of globalization, Peadar Kirby PART II: Substantive Issues 9.Transformation of the World’s Population: The demographic revolution, John McInnes and Julio Pérez Díaz 10. ‘All that is Molten Freezes Again’.Migration history, globalization, and the politics of newness, Adam McKeown 11. Climate Change, Globalization and Carbonization, Ronnie D. Lipshutz and Felicia Allegra Peck 12. Infectious Disease and Globalization, Susan Kippax and Niamh Stephenson 13. Globalization and Taxation, Ken Smith 14. The Globalization of Crime, Robert Winslow and Virginia Winslow 15. Religion Out of Place? The globalization of fundamentalism, Peter Beyer 16. Globalization and Indigenous Peoples: New old patterns, Carlos Gigoux and Colin Sansom 17. Genocide in the Global Age, Martin Shaw 18. Globalization and Elites, Jan Pakulski 19. Globalized Higher Education, Xiaoying Qi 20. The Global Drive to Commodify Pensions, Robin Blackburn PART III: New Institutions and Cultures 21. Popular Culture, Fans, and Globalization, Cornell Sandvoss 22. Islam and Globalization: Islamophobia, security and terrorism, Joshua Roose and Bryan S. Turner 23. Global Cities, Chris Hudson 24. Crossing Divides: Consumption and globalization in history, Frank Trentmann 25. Pluralism, Globalization, and the "Modernization" of Gender and Sexual Relations in Asia, Michael G. Peletz 26. Globalization and Food: The dialectics of globality and locality, David Inglis 27. Borders, Passports and the Global Mobility, Mark B. Salter 28. Globalization and Americanization, Stephen Mennell PART IV: Critical Solutions 29. Globalization and Labour: Putting the ILO in its places, Anthony Woodiwiss 30. The Globalization of Human Rights, Thomas Cushman 31. Global Civil Society and the World Social Forum, Kadambari Anantram, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Ellen Reece 32. New Cosmopolitanism in the Social Sciences, Ulrich Beck and Nathan Sznaider 33.Globalization and its Possible Futures, Bryan S. Turner and Robert J. Holton

About the Editors

Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center at The City University of New York and the Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and the Society at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). He published The Religious and the Political (2013).

Robert Holton is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology in the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies