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Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds, 3rd Edition

  • D. Stanley Eitzen Colorado State University
  • Maxine Baca Zinn Michigan State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111301581  |  ISBN-13: 9781111301583
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.75
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This popular and thought-provoking reader collects interesting and insightful articles that explore the process of globalization and how it shapes societies and groups. The articles, which reflect a wide variety of concerns and perspectives, are drawn from both scholarly and popular sources intended for several courses including introductory sociology, social problems, social change, social movements, and courses on globalization.

Features and Benefits

  • Even with the abundance of new material, the current edition has been streamlined to remain reader-friendly and very manageable, primarily through the use of short, enticing selections to create a more coherent text that students will find accessible and interesting.
  • Articles have been divided into ten chapters and examine all aspects of the globalization process, including defining what globalization is, globalization and its impact on various social institutions, globalization and social problems, and globalization as social change.
  • The articles in this innovative reader focus on consequences of globalization among the developed and developing countries, highlighting how societies and groups within them experience globalization differently, and exploring whether and how globalization is beneficial or not.
  • Readings have been selected from a variety of sources, ranging from scholarly journals to popular publications, and take a critical focus, asking “Who benefits and who does not from the changes brought by globalization?”
  • A thorough and insightful introductory chapter provides context for the entire collection by showing how sociologists think about the “social” and how they need to reorient their concepts and theories to reflect the realities of an increasingly interconnected world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn.
2. Debating Globalization.
Giddens, “Globalization.” Friedman, “The World Is Flat.” Pankaj Ghemawat, “Why the World Isn’t Flat.” Brecher, Costello, and Smith, “Globalization and Its Specter.”
3. Transnational Migration.
Koser, “Why Migration Matters” (New). Robinson, “Globalization and the Struggle for Immigrant Rights in the United States.” Gibler, Mexico’s Ghost Towns” (New). Werz & Manlove, “Climate Change on the Move” (New). Bowe, “Bound for America” (New).
4. Economic Globalization.
Dollars & Sense Collective, “ABCs of the Global Economy.” Goldstein, “Low Wage Capitalism” (New). Dangl, “Beer Globalization” (New). Rothkopf, “Two Septembers” (New). Stiglitz, “A Real cure for the Global Economic Crackup” (New).
5. Political Globalization.
Stiglitz, “Globalism’s Discontents.” Rosenberg, “Why Mexico’s Small Corn Farmers Go Hungry.” James, “The Late, Great Globalization” (New). Choucri & Mistree, “Globalization, Migration, & New Challenges to Governance” (New).
6. Cultural Globalization.
Steger, “Global Culture: Sameness or Difference?” Condry, “Japanese Hip-Hop and the Globalization of Popular Culture” (New). Glenn, “Yearning for Lightness” (New).
7. The Restructuring of Social Institutions and Social Arrangements: Gender, Families, and Relationships.
Ehrenreich & Hochschild, “Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy.” Parrenas, “The Care Crisis in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy.” Hochschild, “Childbirth at the Global Crossroads” (New). Ross, “The Feminization of Mexican Agriculture” (New). Connell, “Global Masculinities.”
8. The Globalization of Social Problems.
Ross, “Saving Turtle Island” (New). Becker, “Don’t Go There” (New). Knowles & Robbins, “Global Trade in Electronic Waste” (New). McKinley, “U. S. Stymied as Guns Flow to Mexican Cartels (New). Sullivan & Jordan, “Diseases Travel Fast” (New). Bales, Trodd, & Williamson, “Modern Slavery: Forced Prostitution” (New).
9. Changing Global Structures: Resistance and Social Movements.
Brecher, Costello, and Smith, “Globalization from Below” and “The Power of Social Movements.” Muchhala, “Students Against Sweatshops.” Halwell, “The Rise of Food Democracy.” Ferree, “Globalization and Feminism” (New). Hearn, “Big Oil Wrecks Havoc in the Amazon, But Communities are Fighting Back” (New).
10. Rethinking Globalization.
Jacques, “We Are Globalized, But Have No Real Sense of Intimacy with the Rest of the World (New). Klein, “Reclaiming the Commons” (New). Sachs, “Ten Ideas that are Changing the World” (New). Morozov, “Think Again: The Internet” (New).

What's New

  • Twenty-six new or updated articles keep the text current and cover a broad range of issues that will capture student interest with topics such as Forced Prostitution and the Japanese Hip-Hop scene.
  • Increased emphasis on the notion that the world is “ever more interconnected, thereby affecting people everywhere around the globe, not just the United States,” creating a more “global” approach to the style of the text itself.
  • Added articles on climate change, new disease outbreaks and drug resistances related to them, and global market forces shaping stratification and inequality within societies.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

D. Stanley Eitzen

D. Stanley Eitzen (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1968) is professor emeritus in sociology from Colorado State University. He is author or co-author of seventeen books, many of which are in multiple editions. His books that fit with this book are: SOCIAL PROBLEMS, Eighth Edition, (Allyn and Bacon, 2000); SOLUTIONS TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS: LESSONS FROM OTHER SOCIETIES, Second Edition., (Allyn and Bacon, 2001); PATHS TO HOMELESSNESS: EXTREME POVERTY AND THE URBAN HOUSING CRISIS (Westview, 1994); and THE RESHAPING OF AMERICA (Prentice-Hall, 1989). His major research interests are social problems, social inequality (race/class/gender/sexuality), families, power, and sport.

Maxine Baca Zinn

Maxine Baca Zinn (University of Oregon, 1978) is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her books include: WOMEN OF COLOR IN U.S. SOCIETY (Temple University Press, 1984), GENDER THROUGH THE PRISM OF DIFFERENCE (Oxford University Press, 2005), SOCIAL PROBLEMS, Tenth Edition (Allyn and Bacon, 2005), and DIVERSITY IN FAMILIES, Seventh Edition (Allyn and Bacon, 2005).