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Globalization: A Basic Text, 2nd Edition by Paul Dean, George Ritzer

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CHAPTER 2GLOBALIZATION IISOME BASIC ISSUES, DEBATES, AND CONTROVERSIES1

Chapter 1 presented an overarching and integrated perspective on globalization as well as at least some details on a few of its (innumerable) elements. However, we have proceeded to a large extent as if globalization in general, as well as the particular perspective on it offered here with its focus on flows and barriers, processes and structures, is not in dispute. Indeed, the entire field of globalization studies is riddled with differences of opinion and great debates (Dean and Ritzer 2012; Guillen 2001; Ritzer and Atalay 2010). In this chapter we present some of these differences. The goal is to offer a more nuanced sense of globalization.

We begin with an issue that, from the ...

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