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Globalization and Social Change
People and Places in a Divided World

ISBN 9780415266963
Published May 20, 2004 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

Globalization and Social Change takes a refreshing new perspective on globalization and widening social and spatial inequalities. Diane Perrons draws on ideas about the new economy, risk society, welfare regimes and political economy to explain the growing social and spatial divisions characteristic of our increasingly divided world.

Combining original argument with a clear exposition of the underlying processes, Perrons illustrates her points through a series of case studies linking people in rich and poor countries. She places strong emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of change, particularly changes in working patterns and living arrangements, and makes reference to the new global division of labour, declining industrial regions and widening social divisions within what she terms 'superstar regions'. Wide in scope, this new study also focuses on changing family structures, the feminization of employment, migration, work life balance and new conceptions of gender identity and gender roles.

Diane Perrons' enlightening book concludes that divisions by social class and gender are in some ways becoming more significant than divisions between nations, and suggests that new systems of social and economic organization are necessary for social peace in the new millennium.

Table of Contents

1. Analyzing Globalization and Social Change  Part 1: Measuring and Theorizing Inequality and Uneven Development  2. Uneven Geographical Development within the Global Economy  3. Theorizing Uneven Development  Part 2: Economic Integration, New Divisions of Labour and Gender Relations  4. The Global Division of Labour and the Feminization of Employment  5. The New Global Division of Labour and the Old Industrial Regions: Uneven Regional Development in the UK  Part 3: The New Economy, Globalization and Geography  6. The New Economy and the Digital Divide: Global and Social Divisions  7. Living and Working in Superstar Regions  Part 4: Shaping Development  8. Social Reproduction and the State  9. Globalization, Participation and Empowerment  10. Conclusion: Challenging the Divided World

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Diane Perrons is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environment and a Fellow of the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics.


‘a fresh, new approach… overall, the book offers a welcome addition to the existing literature on globalization.’ - Journal of Economic & Social Geography