America Transformed Globalization, Inequality, and Power

ISBN-10: 0195173007
ISBN-13: 9780195173000
Edition: 2008
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Description: Innovative and provocative, America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality, and Power examines the links between global processes and shifting patterns of stratification, inequality, and social mobility. The study of globalization--the  More...

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Innovative and provocative, America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality, and Power examines the links between global processes and shifting patterns of stratification, inequality, and social mobility. The study of globalization--the interconnection of the world culturally, socially, politically, and most importantly, economically--is a growing area of study in college curricula. Students and scholars debate the consequences of globalization, whether its speed is appropriate or controllable, and whether it is inevitable. Many sociology books break apart discussions of macro- and micro-level processes within the globalization debate. Hytrek and Zentgraf skillfully integrate general macro-level processes with specific reference to the micro-level effects of globalization in the United States. America Transformed focuses unflinchingly on inequality and policy issues. This text provides students with the tools needed to understand the political construction of globalization and its effects on social inequality. By recognizing the connections between global processes and social stratification in the United States, students will become better equipped to identify and create effective community-based responses to social inequality. Because the text draws on several disciplines, it may be used in a variety of courses. It is ideal for upper-level sociology courses on stratification and social change; class and gender studies; and poverty and race. It may also be used in interdisciplinary studies courses such as globalization and international studies. Additionally, it can be beneficial as a supplement in basic sociology courses, including social problems or introduction to sociology.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations
Globalization and Change in America: Overview
Globalization Defined
Globalization: From Fordism to Flexibility
Globalization and Power
Globalization and Stratification
Global-Local Class Inequality Patterns
Global-Local Connections
Conclusion
Globalization: The Context
Strategic Shifts
Forces and Conditions for Globalization
Global Institutions
Post-1945: Crisis and Change
The WTO and NAFTA
Conclusion
The Globalization Debate
Perspectives on Globalization
Conceptual Issues
Economic-Political Issues
Local Politics: The Democratic Deficit
Cultural Patterns
Globalization and Inequality
Conclusion
The Globalization Debate: An Assessment
Globalization and Economic Change
Globalization and Political Changes
Globalization and Cultural Change
Conclusion
Globalization and Stratification
Definitions and Concepts
Stratification, Inequality, and Globalization
Blue- and White-Collar Transitions
Conclusion
Dimensions of Inequality
Globalization and Work
The Context: Fordism to Flexibility
U.S. Workers in the Globalized Economy
Patterns in Class Inequality
Inequality and Poverty by Race and Ethnicity
Working Hours
The Working and the New Poor
A View from the Bottom: Insecurity and Vulnerability
Conclusion
Globalization and Immigration
Overview
Global Processes and Immigration
Destination and Social Capital Networks
Occupational Location of Immigrants in the United States
Globalization, Rural Restructuring, and Latino Migration
Explaining Patterns of Immigrant Integration
Immigration and Political and Civic Engagement
Remittances: Completing the Global Cycle
Conclusion
Globalization and Gender
Sex, Gender, and Ideology
Engendering Globalization
Globalization and Gender Inequality in the United States
Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
Conclusion
Constructing Change
Globalization: Countermovements and Community
Globalization, the State, Society, and Markets: Karl Polanyi
Globalization and Its Countermovement
Asian Sex Trafficking
Living-Wage Campaigns
Immigration and Empowerment in the Deep South
Building Community Through Creating Social Capital
Conclusion
Conclusion: How Globalization Is Transforming America
Globalization
Globalization: Diversity Within Homogeneity
Globalization and the United States
The State
The Countermovement
Participatory Change: Empowerment or Facade?
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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