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Social Theory and Global Culture

July 1992 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The global society. Today everyone from scholars to politicians is debating the nature and makeup of a global society. But what is actually meant by a global society? Does such a global society actually exist? In Globalization, Roland Robertson argues that the real nature of globalization is obscured while peripheral concerns, such as minute economic analyses, are overstated. Robertson presents an alternative view that incorporates the economic and cultural aspects of the global scene, and in the process connects general social structures to historical developments in the modern world. Offering a distinctively cultural focus on the social theory of the contemporary world, Globalization makes a major contribution to the current debate for graduate students and professors of sociology, social theory, and cultural studies. "A professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, Roland Robertson is, as this book proves, the foremost sociologist engaged in the study of globalization. . . . Although empirical data crop up only occasionally, this book offers a sweeping yet detailed survey of the ways in which sociologists have dealt with the subject. Indeed, Robertson shows in a brief history of his discipline, sociology has been a key element in the effort to come to grips with what he calls "globality"; sociologists have crucially helped to shape global awareness. . . . All told, this is a difficult book, but one worthy of careful reading as a stimulant for raising global awareness" --Journal of World History "Globalization deals with an important subject. Its inherent comprehensive approach would be of interest not only to macrosociologists but also to those studying postmodernity, gender, ethnicity, and identity." --Contemporary Sociology "Roland Robertson has been writing about these topics for some years and has a grasp of the huge and multifaceted literature that is as sure as it is impressive. . . . this volume manages to work very well as a whole and provides a good introduction to many of the questions that underlie the phenomenon of globalization while standing as a sustained and stimulating interpretive essay in its own right. . . . the book is an impressive and highly readable essay and deserves to be widely read." --International Affairs "Robertson's approach to globalizatin is multidimensional, complex, well-grounded in sociological theory, and centered on culture--so often the stepchild in other approaches. . . . Robertson fruitfully contrasts his approach to that of Wallerstein, Elias, and Giddens. . . . His contribution is in several respects original, probes deeply, and is highly stimulating." --Political Studies Association
Globalization as a Problem
The Cultural Turn
Mapping the Global Condition
World-Systems Theory, Culture and Images of World Power
Japanese Globality and Japanese Religion
The Universalism-Particularism Issue
'Civilization,' Civility and the Civilizing Process
Globalization Theory and Civilization Analysis
Globality, Modernity and the Issue of Postmodernity
Globalization and the Nostalgic Paradigm
'The Search for Fundamentals' in Global Perspective
Concluding Reflections

A true classic in the theory of globalization. This is very useful for both getting students to begin to think of globalization critically but also to apply this to aspects of global society, especially culture.

Dr Matt Dawson
Sociology , Glasgow University
June 1, 2012

Good book in supporting critical philosohical and social debates on globalisation. I think it will make a come-back as 'global ethics' becomes more popular.

Ms LB Begum
Department of Management & IT, University of Wales, Trinity St David
April 5, 2011

Roland Robertson

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