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What is globalization? The definitional issue - again

By Jan Aart Scholte


Knowledge of globalization is substantially a function of how the concept is defined. After tracing the history of ‘global’ vocabulary, this paper suggests several principles that should inform the way globality (the condition) and globalization (the trend) are defined. On this basis four common conceptions of the term are rejected in favour of a fifth that identifies globalization as the spread of transplanetary – and in recent times more particularly supraterritorial – connections between people. Half a dozen qualifications are incorporated into this definition to distinguish it from globalist exaggerations

Topics: JZ
Publisher: University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Year: 2002
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