Globalization : the human consequences / Zygmunt Bauman.

by Bauman, Zygmunt, 1925-2017Looking glass.

Series: Themes for the 21st century: Publisher: Oxford : Polity, 1998.Description: vi,136 pages ; 19 cm.ISBN: 0745620132; 9780745620138.Other title: Globalisation.Subject(s): Human geographyLooking glass | International relations and cultureLooking glass | Social changeLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index. Alternative form: Electronic version: 9780745656953
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

'Globalization' is a word that is currently much in use. This book is an attempt to show that there is far more to globalization than its surface manifestations. Unpacking the social roots and social consequences of globalizing processes, this book disperses some of the mist that surrounds the term.


Alongside the emerging planetary dimensions of business, finance, trade and information flow, a 'localizing', space-fixing process is set in motion. What appears as globalization for some, means localization for many others; signalling new freedom for some, globalizing processes appear as uninvited and cruel fate for many others. Freedom to move, a scarce and unequally distributed commodity, quickly becomes the main stratifying factor of our times.


Neo-tribal and fundamentalist tendencies are as legitimate offspring of globalization as the widely acclaimed 'hybridization' of top culture - the culture at the globalized top. A particular reason to worry is the progressive breakdown in communication between the increasingly global and extra- territorial elites and ever more 'localized' majority. The bulk of the population, the 'new middle class', bears the brunt of these problems, and suffers uncertainty, anxiety and fear as a result.


This book is a major contribution to the unfolding debate about globalization, and as such will be of interest to students and professionals in sociology, human geography and cultural issues.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • 1 Time and Class
  • Absentee Landlords, mark II
  • Freedom of movement and the self-constitution of societies
  • New speed, new polarization
  • 2 Space Wars: A Career Report
  • The Battle of the maps
  • From mapping space to the spatialization of mapsagoraphobia and the renaissance of locality
  • Is there life after Panopticon?
  • 3 After the Nation-state - What?
  • Universalizing - or being globalized?
  • The new expropriation: this time, of the state
  • The global hierarchy of mobility
  • 4 Tourists and Vagabonds
  • Being a consumer in a consumer society
  • Divided we move
  • Moving through the world vs. the world moving by
  • For better or worse - united
  • 5 Global Law, Local Orders
  • Factories of immobility
  • Prisons in the post-correction age
  • Safety: a tangible means to an elusive end
  • The out of order
  • Notes
  • Index

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw and was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize for 1998.

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