Of all the themes covered in this book, globalization might well, or at the very least should, represent the most pressing of concerns for contemporary social theorists. Authors such as Hogan (1996) and Wiseman (1995) have none the less described globalization as an ‘awful’ and ‘ugly’ word bound up in complex processes and aspects of social change, but also in theoretical trends and fashions. Despite and perhaps because of the plethora of work that continues to be published in and around the area of globalization, the term itself remains highly contested and ambiguous. As Hogan goes on to note, it is this very ambiguity that has ensured its longevity. Globalization remains an open-ended and, at times, confusing notion, and one ...
A Global Society?
A global society?