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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

Globalizing Business
Globalizing business
Introduction

Since the time of the earliest civilizations, trade across frontiers and regions has occurred. Economy and society involving exchange of raw materials, animals and crops, semi-finished and finished goods, services, money, ideas and people, has existed since the dawn of civilization (Diamond, 1997). For several hundred years from the sixteenth century onwards, trade between European state systems and their colonial offshoots defined international trade. Such trade involved the world's major trading companies, organized religions and local chiefs and merchants. Often it comprised plunder and looting, dealing in slaves as well as precious and rare commodities. Only later, with the advent of industrialization, did it involve more mundane commodities spreading globally, often replacing indigenous products, propelled by the artillery of cheap prices. Some ...

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