Globalization and Society

Processes of Differentiation Examined

by Raymond Breton, Jeffrey G. Reitz, ed.


Articles that examine globalization as a dual process involving both convergence and differentiation.

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December 2003


Pages 336
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Economics/International
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Globalization has been defined as a process in which the population of the world is increasingly bonded into a single society. Although none of the contributors to this collection denies the thrust toward convergence that is implicit in globalizing processes, each contributor also concludes that globalization encourages differentiation. Integration in the global system is not a passive process. In different nations, people analyze and interpret what is happening and respond by developing policies, forming new institutions and changing existing ones. They adopt broad cultural models in order to function effectively in the larger system and they also draw upon their particular traditions, values, institutions and resources to define a place that will be to their advantage economically, politically and socio-culturally. As the studies presented in this book show, integration in the world system may benefit a given society or may harm it; it may entail changes to a society's culture, but does not obliterate a society's distinctive characteristics.

Topic Centers

Introduction: Rethinking the Impact of Globalization Processes-Differentiation As Well As Convergence by Raymond Breton and Jeffrey G. Reitz
International Relations
Trends in Inequality: Toward a World-Systems Analysis by Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, Timothy P. Moran, and Angela Stach
U.S. Foreign Policy and the Foundations of World Order by Louis W. Pauly
Cosmopolitan Ghosts and Resistance Communities: Québec City's Sumit of the Americas and the Making of Transnational Subjects by André C. Drainville
Labor Relations and Social Inequality
Globalization and the Great U-Turns: Income Inequality Trends in 16 OECD Countries by Arthur S. Alderson and François Nielsen
Workplace Change in the New Economy: Getting Lean and Flexible by James Rinehart
Reviving the Labor Movement: Rank-and-File Mobilization in the United States, Britain, and Germany by Lowell Turner
Culture and Social Values
Technological Change, Cultural Change, and Democracy by Ronald Inglehart
Politics versus Markets: A Note on the Uses of Double Standards by Axel van den Berg
Religions in Global Society: Transnational Resource and Globalized Category by Peter Beyer
Information and Knowledge Institutions
Science, Technology, Education, and Economy in Centers and Peripheries by Thomas Schott
Reinventing Birmingham, England, in a Globalized Information Economy by Frank Webster
The Penetration of Profit Taking in Higher Education and Academic Freedom by Sheila Slaughter
Nationalism and Migration, Ethnicity and Language
Migration and Community Formation under Conditions of Globalization by Stephen Castles
Educational Expansion and the Employment Success of Immigrants in the United States and Canada, 190-90 by Jeffrey G. Reitz
Nationalism and the New Economy by John A. Hall
Politics and Democratic Representation
Changing Citizenship Regimes in Western Europe by Jane Jenson
Some Political Consequences of Economic Globalization by Albert Breton
The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities by Francis G. Castles

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