Many Globalizations: Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World Berger, Peter L 9780195168822

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: November 2003
  • ISBN: SBERGEPELMANYGLOBALIZATIONSCU9780195168822

Many Globalizations: Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World

Berger, Peter L; Huntington, Samuel P.

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This is the first attempt to account for the cultural impact of globalisation in the lives of ordinary citizens from ten countries. The results of the study portray vast numbers of people intermixing participation in a global economy with indigenous values and lifestyles.

Much discussed but poorly understood, globalization is at once praised as the answer to all the world's problems and blamed for everything from pollution to poverty. Here Berger and Huntington bring together an array of experts who paint a subtle and richly shaded portrait, showing both the power and the unexpected consequences of this great force.

The stereotypes of globalization--characterized as American imperialism on the one hand, and as an economic panacea on the other--fall apart under close scrutiny. Surveying globalization from individual countries of the five major continents, Many Globalizations shows that an emerging global culture does indeed exist. While globalization is American in origin and content, the authors point out that it is far from a centrally directed force like classic imperialism. They examine the currents that carry this culture, from a worldwide class of young professionals to non-governmental organizations, and define globalization's many variations as well as sub-globalizations that bind regions together.

Analytical, incisive and stimulating, Many Globalizations offers rare insight into perhaps the central issue of modern times, one that is changing the West as much as the developing world.

Peter L. Berger is University Professor of Sociology and Theology at Boston University, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture.

Samuel P. Huntington is Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University and Chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is the author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Making of World Order and co-editor of Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress.

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This is the first attempt to account for the cultural impact of globalisation in the lives of ordinary citizens from ten countries. The results of the study portray vast numbers of people intermixing participation in a global economy with indigenous values and lifestyles.

Much discussed but poorly understood, globalization is at once praised as the answer to all the world's problems and blamed for everything from pollution to poverty. Here Berger and Huntington bring together an array of experts who paint a subtle and richly shaded portrait, showing both the power and the unexpected consequences of this great force.

The stereotypes of globalization--characterized as American imperialism on the one hand, and as an economic panacea on the other--fall apart under close scrutiny. Surveying globalization from individual countries of the five major continents, Many Globalizations shows that an emerging global culture does indeed exist. While globalization is American in origin and content, the authors point out that it is far from a centrally directed force like classic imperialism. They examine the currents that carry this culture, from a worldwide class of young professionals to non-governmental organizations, and define globalization's many variations as well as sub-globalizations that bind regions together.

Analytical, incisive and stimulating, Many Globalizations offers rare insight into perhaps the central issue of modern times, one that is changing the West as much as the developing world.

Peter L. Berger is University Professor of Sociology and Theology at Boston University, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture.

Samuel P. Huntington is Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University and Chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is the author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Making of World Order and co-editor of Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress.

  • Cover Type:
  • 374 Pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: November 2003
  • ISBN: SBERGEPELMANYGLOBALIZATIONSCU9780195168822