Renowned author Ulrike Schuerkens presents an in-depth exploration of social transformations and developments. Combining an international approach with up-to-date research, the book: • Has dedicated chapters on contemporary topics including technology, new media, war and terror, political culture and inequality • Includes an analysis of societal structures – inequality, globalization, transnationalism • Contains learning features including: discussion questions, annotated further reading, chapter summaries, and pointers to online resources to assist with study A must buy for students taking modules in social change, social inequality, social theory, and globalization.

Final Remarks: Social Change in a Global World

Final Remarks: Social Change in a Global World

A Complex World

The world has become increasingly networked in recent years. Global production and international trade amounted to 60 per cent of global output in 2011 (UNDP, 2013: 2). The developing world ‒ if one wants to continue using this encompassing notion ‒ contributed 47 per cent to the global merchandise trade. South-South trade amounted to 26 per cent in 2013 as opposed to 8 per cent in 1980. The South consequently needs the North and the North needs, to a growing extent, the South, for example, if one thinks of the financial crisis in the European Union, the role of the Chinese Yuan, and its impact on the ...

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