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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #86)

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Globalization has become one of the defining buzzwords of our time--a term that describes a variety of complex economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental forces that are rapidly altering our experience of the world. In the years since World War II, we have seen national boundaries fade as financial markets, manufacturing concerns, information services, a ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #86), Manfred B. Steger
عنوان: آشنایی با جهانی سازی؛ نویسنده: مانفرد بی. استیگر؛ مترجم: نادر هوشمندیار؛ تهران، هزاره سوم اندیشه، 1389، در 294 ص، مصور، جدول، شابک: 9789648088496؛؛ موضوع: جهانی شدن، قرن 21 م
Sarah Hayes
Feb 08, 2011 Sarah Hayes rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics-history
Severely disappointing. For a book meant to be an introduction to globalization, Steger sure loves putting his own thoughts and opinions alongside the actual facts. It really loses direction in the last two chapters and never recovers. Steger's arrogant tone makes it hard to want to read anything else by him. The fact that he includes one of his own books in the reference section really rubs me the wrong way. Not so much a very short introduction as a very short diatribe.
Jun 25, 2013 Selena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Very short introduction into globalization. I enjoyed the story of the elephant and the blind scholars. I had heard the story before, but it fits the definition. . .
Brian H
Manfred B. Steger’s “Globalization: A Very Short Introduction” deals with the growing connection through government, media, economics and all sorts of things across the world. It examines the increasing communications and technology that help us spread ideas across the globe, for better, and sometimes, for worse. This is a repeating pattern throughout history. Civilizations connect and improve with influence from the outside, and with modern technology, globalization surrounds us completely in ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Sakshi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Past the first chapter this book is quite ok. But the first chapter more than makes up for it - for one being balanced, second being historical rather than angling towards any particular perspective (sociological or otherwise). For some, that works, for others not so much. The rest of the book could've dug deeper or raised some questions of importance in the particular subjects that the chapters address (economics, political, cultural, ecological). For those who are looking for a very fundamenta ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Laurie rated it did not like it
To me, the person charged with introducing a topic should have to present an unbiased view of the whole situations. Steger is overwhelming negative, and while he makes valid arguments, it just rubbed me so wrong that he was giving people's first view of globalization a really negative one. Not terrible though, because he does also outline what globalization is all about, so I suppose in a biased way, he achieved the aims of the book.
May 12, 2013 Erwin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Short History of Globalization

Interesting idea. Misses the mark - by far.

Feel like the author must be a liberal university professor, writing to an audience of university professors, who will nod in agreement to each assertion while buzzing through a "very short introduction" to globalization, without actually introducing globalization to those that don't already understand.

The author frequently criticizes the "Washington Consensus", but doesn't get outside the box and ask the difficult, indepen
Jun 15, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So there were a lot of reviews that said that the book was heavily biased, but as someone who normally doesn't read about economics I actually found it pretty unbiased. So maybe it's because I'm not as well versed in the topics, but I thought it was a great intro to the topics of globalism that have become buzzwords in our society. I found the language very accessible, and the books organization very well-laid out. Overall I learned a lot from the book, and was kind of surprised by how much I di ...more
Shawn Birss
This is at least the third "A Very Short Introduction" that I've read. So far, they're fantastic.

Steger's short book is dense with material, yet accessible, and left me feeling in only a few days as though I have a much stronger foundational understanding of globalization than I did before. I have been involved in anti-globalization actions and social justice movements for many years. This book still had a lot for me, especially for getting a clear, overall perspective on the subject.

Jan 27, 2013 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
I liked this book because in 132 pages I was able to clearly understand more about globalization and the forces that propel or thwart globalization. The author is definitely egalitarian and his bias comes through in several places. That aside, he quickly takes the reader through the beginning of the world and shows how advancements such as the invention of the wheel and language increased interaction between people and fostered trade. Steger does differentiate between Globalization (a set of soc ...more
May 15, 2015 Sorobai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Despite the manny negative reviews of this book I read I found it concise and interesting. It acomplish what the author states in the introduction: a concise and elementary introduction to globalization. I didn't find it too negative, I though it reflects reallity and as the author say it's is own view. Minor point to me is the strong american view of the author (but, he's american after all!). Anyway, I belive the portuguese influence in the new discoveries of the XVI century and it's importanc ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Angie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why are people giving this book a good rating? It's horrible. Steger is bland, and a few of his ideas are ludicrous. Useless introduction to globalization. Imagine....did you know that globalization is a global phenomenon!?

If not, then yeah, this book is for you.
remi d
Jan 02, 2015 remi d rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Broad in scope, concise in examples, eye-opening in context and very instructive in content.
Mary Cebalt
Sep 16, 2011 Mary Cebalt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
horrible author... completely incoherent
Jonathan Hockey
Considers a lot of the main concepts involved in this process. The bias in favor of globalisation as a good thing is clear, but this was no surprise to me. The last few years really raise some questions for his analysis. For, if we take market globalism, and then the response of justice globalism. We have now seen the clear rise of a new political force on the right, not religiously motivated, that is against aspects of market globalism, as defined in this book, and against aspects of justice gl ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The subject matter is dry, but globalization is an important and consequential issue, and this short book packs a lot of information and analysis into relatively few pages. Not the most enjoyable read, but the informativeness and brevity made up for it.
Jun 12, 2016 Eitental rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: globalization
This review is of the third (2013) edition. This is the first book from Oxford's Very Short Introduction series that I've read cover-to-cover, so I can't say for sure what issues are typical of the series, and what are specific to this particular work.

The book starts excellently, defining and explaining the basic idea of globalization intelligently and clearly in chapters 1 through 5. Particularly great is chapter 2, which provides an outline of the full history of globalization (which is, essen
Nov 13, 2010 sdw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manfred B. Steger’s Globalization: A Very Short Introduction provides a nuanced description on how scholars understand the term globalization, the scholarly debates over globalization, and the competing ideologies of globalization. I picked this book up in hopes that I could find a text that would work well in a literature class. There are many novels that engage with the concept of globalization from a variety of angles, and it is hard to have that conversation when the students have a very fla ...more
Manfred Steger provides a different look at Globalization in the Very Short Introduction series by Oxford University Press. This series provides a quick overview of topics and addresses their veracity as a theory and provides a critical eye towards the controversies in each topic. I will say that I was disappointed in this particular entry into the series which seemed to be far more critical towards globalization and spent more time on the flaws than addressing a fair and balanced look at the se ...more
Path Kittinat
May 21, 2011 Path Kittinat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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Mike Thicke
Jan 14, 2015 Mike Thicke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the "Very Short Introduction" series. They offer more depth than a Wikipedia article, and are much more accessible than a typical academic book, while being written by leaders in their fields. This makes them especially good as teaching texts. Steger's entry is no exception. It is short and clear, and it offers a well-rounded perspective on Globalization.

Steger's introduction is at times polemical, which seems to rub many other reviewers the wrong way, but it is not egregious
Jun 18, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Globalization: A Very Short Introduction is a concise introduction to a very complex topic. It's by no means the definitive source on globalization, but it doesn't attempt to be. In my opinion, one of its strengths is the fact that Ritzer critically analyzes different perspectives while clearly stating his own. This, I think, makes the book much more interesting but doesn't lead readers to automatically assume that his perspective is the right one. Another strength is its recommendations for fur ...more
Abby Whitt
While I thought that this book was very enlightening on the overall concept of globalization, there were times I felt like I was in way over my head. Occasionally, the author also argued against himself on ways of fixing societal problems - something that I did not find particularly helpful in my reading of the introduction.
Aug 13, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Considering this is a text book I had to read for a class that ended over month ago and that the book is so short, its embarrassing how long it took me to finish.. Oh well better late then never. :P
Anyway it's worth picking up if you're interested in the topic of was a very useful resources when I was revising for the exam. If your not interested in the topic of globalisation the it may seem a bit dry. But if you're new to the topic this is the perfect place to start.
Jul 16, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very good overview, written in a clear and straightforward manner. It is clearly critical of market globalism, i.e. free trade and transnational corporations, but with its slight bias (which I am admittedly sympathetic towards) it explains a lot about the idealogical forces that are shaping the current global setting. I came away from this book with a decent direction of what to learn about next, in order to further build my knowledge of this subject - and that is exactly what an ...more
Clear explanation of the nature and history of globalization, the challenges and opportunities it presents and the various reactions to it from the liberal-left, the socialist-left and the conservative-right. Less positively: the section describing the alternative 'social justice' form of globalization just depressed me. If Occupy bloody London are our best hope for a brighter tomorrow we really are ****ed.
Apr 04, 2010 Hariyono rated it really liked it
an interesting literature to study globalization. Steger presents globalization simply and talk some aspect of it which makes reader understand it clearly. a comprehensive explanations is given in each section which makes this books much more interesting to read for a global studies or international relations student
Apr 01, 2013 غسان rated it liked it
A lot of information for such a small book. It seems that globalization is moving in the direction of increasing the social differences and unjust wealth distribution.
I didn't like about the book the way of writing which was not easy and full of new terminologies. The author didn't take about solution scenarios to adjust the unbalance made by globalization.
Feb 14, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot of valuable information. He definitely started to veer into opinion in the latter chapters of the book, but it was relatively easy to spot and circumvent. Overall, it felt like a good primer to one who doesn't have much tangible knowledge on the subject. I'm definitely interested in checking out some of the other Very Short Introductions.
Dec 05, 2010 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...a social condition characterized by tight global economic, political, cultural, and environmental interconnections and flows that make most of the currently existing borders and boundaries irrelevant".
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Manfred B. Steger (born 1961) is Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was also Professor of Global Studies and Director of the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT University in Australia until 2013. Steger's research and teaching spans globalization, ideology, and non-violence.

Steger's won the 2003 Michael Harrington Award with his study on Globalism: The New Market Ideology.
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