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

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  541 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Globalization has become the buzz-word of contemporary times. A growing number of scholars and political activists have invoked the term to describe a variety of changing economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are alleged to have accelerated in the last few decades. Rather than forcing such a complex social phenomenon into a single con ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published June 19th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Sarah Hayes
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.
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
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. . .
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
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.
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
Mike Thicke
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
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.
Broad in scope, concise in examples, eye-opening in context and very instructive in content.
Mary Cebalt
horrible author... completely incoherent
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
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
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
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หนังสือเลมนีอาจจะเลก แตเนือหนังนันแนนปัก อธิบายใหเหนวาโลกาภิวัตนนัน มีแงมุมทีมากมายหลากหลายและสัมพันธจนแทบแยกไมออก สังคม การเมือง วัฒนธรรม ไลยอนไปถึงยุคแรกของเผามนุษย
ทังหมดนีตองยกความดีความชอบใหกับผูเขียน และโดยเฉพาะผูแปล คุณ วรพจน วงศกิจรุงเรือง ทีแปลออกมาไดลืนไหลมากกกก เปนหนังสือวิชาการแปล ทีคนความรูสันกวาหางอึงอยางผ
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.
Sue Caulfield
Feb 02, 2015 Sue Caulfield rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: College classrooms
Good introduction to globalization. Touches on key characteristics. Gets the points across without too much layering. Works well for an undergraduate course where this is part of the foundation material.
Vinod  Bishnoi
does what it's been created for. Does not go into much of the details and explanations, but how much would you expect from a very short introduction?
Yaqooo xu
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 basic crit ...more
Timothy Phin
An elegant and inclusive brief study of a highly complicated phenomenon. The strength of the book rests on Steger's comprehensive knowledge of the ideologies of what he calls the 'global imaginary'. A really, really excellent part of the Very Short Introductions series.
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
It's filled with jargon. This author is not an anthropologist. But it's a cheap textbook, so there.
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.
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
Jul 14, 2007 Tiff added it
I like this book because the author has spent time in the Pacific (on HI) and he mentions how globalization impacts the Pacific Islands. Most books on globalization doesn't even mention the Pacific and it's islands and people.

I'm still reading though so I can't give it a rating.
Camden Goetz
Can be a bit biased and subtly messed-up at times, but tries to give a balanced approach. Definitely comes from more of a anti-colonial liberal viewpoint, could use more radical and realist opinions. Great empirical info, and somewhat accessible overall.
I read this for a capstone course in Global Studies. It was interesting in some regards, but even for a short introduction, it could get boring really easily. There are better ways to present interesting information about the topic of globalization.
"...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".
The ancient Buddhist parable of the blind scholars and their encounters with the elephant helps to illustrate the nature of the academic controversy over the various dimensions of globalization.
I was looking for something to fill in some of the gaps after attending a class about globalization and health care. This fit the bill just fine. Informative and thought provoking.
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Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Global Studies and Director of the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT University in Australia. 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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