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11 - Concluding Reflections

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 2019

Manfred B. Steger
Affiliation:
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Paul James
Affiliation:
Western Sydney University
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Beyond fleeting newspaper headlines or passing academic fads heralding ‘globalization’s failure’, this book has advanced the case for the continued relevance of globalization in both theory and practice. At the same time, however, the stark reality of the Great Unsettling looms large. The world in the early twenty-first century faces significant disintegrative threats. The destabilization of familiar life-worlds is well underway. Deep social volatility is occurring on a scale and at a speed perhaps never before seen in human history. For example, global economic growth is uneven and plagued by contradictions, resulting in troubling consequences such as the seismic shift from secure long-term employment to precarious short-term work, increasing automation, and the rise of inequality within and between countries. An associated climate of insecurity and loss of identity has penetrated people’s consciousness down to its ontological core. These concluding reflections outline how the book has attempted to stretch the existing body of scholarship on globalization to examine the structural conditions and complex dynamics of global social formation under contemporary unsettled conditions.

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Globalization Matters
Engaging the Global in Unsettled Times
, pp. 251 - 258
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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