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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Globalization and the Nation State

2nd Edition

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230274556
Publication Date June 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Does globalization mean the end of the nation state? Or are nation states able to respond to processes of global change? This impressively comprehensive book examines the connections and conflicts that exist between global and national processes, institutions and cultures.

Debating and explaining controversial and contested understandings of globalization, the second edition has new content on:

• hot and timely topics, from human rights and migration to new technologies and environmental sustainability
• connections between globalization and global events, including the rise of China, the financial crisis and 9/11
• interdisciplinary insights from sociology, political science and economics

Thought-provoking and easy to follow, this text will give students across the social sciences a thorough understanding of the history, theories and debates of globalization.

ROBERT J. HOLTON is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, where he previously held the Chair of Sociology. He is a leading historical sociologist and is widely published in the field of globalization. His books include the successful titles Globalization and the Nation-State, (first edition 1998) Making Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Global Networks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Introduction to Second Edition
The Long History of Globalization
The Global Economy
Is the Nation-State Finished?
Global Governance: Towards a Global Polity?
Nationalism and Ethnicity in a Globalizing World
Globalization and Culture?


This is, quite simply, a fantastic book. It intelligently and comprehensively covers the key academic debates around globalization, and is one of the few texts that finds the right balance between academic rigor and undergraduate accessibility.' - Salvatore Babones, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney, Australia
'The revised text is very impressive, fully brought up to date and should be invaluable to students. There is no other book that deals with the issue so well or in comparable detail. This is a well-balanced, well-organized text, written in a very student-friendly way.' - Chris Rumford, Professor in Political Sociology and Global Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
'Globalization and the Nation State is a well-written and clearly structured book with introductions into the history of globalisation, global economy, global polity, global public sphere and culture. The book navigates the reader through key themes associated with globalisation, including cities, civil society organisations, multinational enterprises, long-distance trade, global production networks, kin-based chain migrations, global civilisation, poly-ethnicity, supranational regulatory bodies and institutions, global webs and interconnectivity, multi-centred global field and hybridisation. Because of its didactic qualities, the book can be recommended as a textbook for courses in the field of global studies.' - Laszlio Maracz, University of Amsterdam in Nations and Nationalism 19 (1), 2013
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