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Issue 1: Summer 2004 : Globalization
Updated December 2012

Defining Globalization

Literature about globalization is produced by sociologists, political theorists, economists, historians, anthropologists, and journalists. Globalization is a term variously employed, even by experts within a single discipline. There is substantial debate, not only about its definition, but also about whether it is actually occurring, its significance, and how it shapes our future.

Most agree that globalization rests upon, or simply is, the growth in international exchange of goods, services, and capital, and the increasing levels of integration that characterize economic activity. In this sense, globalization, is only another word for internationalization. Importantly, it is economic activity that is fuel and furnace of cross-border integration.


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Table of Contents

Defining Globalization
History of Globalization
Elements of Globalization
Trends in Globalization
Electronic Resources/Finding Aids

Encyclopedia of globalization, editors-in-chief, Roland Robertson, Jan Aart Scholte. New York : Routledge, c2007. 4 volumes.
LC Call Number: JZ1318 .E63 2007
LC Catalog Record: 2006029743
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Globalization: IMF Key Issues IMF Staff.
Washington: International Monetary Fund.
http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/ib/2000/041200.htm External Link

General discussion of the meaning, history, and impacts of globalization.

Guillén, Mauro F. “Is Globalization Civilizing, Destructive or Feeble? A Critique of Five Key Debates in the Social-Science Literature,” Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 27, August 2001, pp. 235-260.
LC Call Number: HM1 .A763
LC Catalog Record: 75648500
Also available online. External Link

Organizes existing research on globalization around five issues: is it really happening, does it produce convergence, does it undermine the authority of nation states, is globality different from modernity, and is a global culture in the making?

Held, David, and McGrew, Anthony, eds. Global Transformations Reader: An Introduction to the Globalization Debate. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press; Malden, Mass: Distributed in the USA by Blackwell Pub. Co., 2003.
LC Call Number: JZ1318.G56 2003
LC Catalog Record: 99087851

Extensive collection of articles in the globalization debate, with an emphasis on the theoretical.

Measuring GlobalizationForeign Policy: The Magazine of Global Politics, Economics and Ideas. Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. March/April 2004. pp. 55-69
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=2493 External Link
Available for subscribers. Non-subscribers can purchase temporary access.
LC Call Number: E744 .F75
LC Catalog Record: 73641825

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