Globalistics and Globalization Studies


Globalistics and Globalization Studies
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Journal: Journal of Globalization Studies. Volume 3, Number 2 / November 2012

Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2012. – 400 pp.

Edited by Leonid E. Grinin, Ilya V. Ilyin, and Andrey V. Korotayev

Today globalization can be treated as the most important global process. It is a multi-faceted phenomenon and in every country it has its own image. One can get a truly objective picture of the rapidly changing and integrating world only through a synthesis of all those particular visions. In the present anthology one can find perceptions of globalization by a number of famous scholars from different countries of the world (Ervin Laszlo, Roland Robertson, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Randall Collins, Christopher Chase-Dunn, William Thompson and others), but one can also get to know rather peculiar visions of globalization by the Russian scientists.

The volume is entitled Globalistics and Globalization Studies. Globalistics is a cross-disciplinary integrative field of research. It aims at investigating global problems in all their facets: from causes, laws and tendencies of global processes through an insight into positive and negative effects to the survival of humankind and the protection of the biosphere. Globalistics may be regarded as a sort of systemic and more or less integrated ‘core’ within Global Studies.

The anthology consists of four parts presenting a wide range of views on the meaning of the contemporary epoch, the past and the future of some important global processes.

Part 1 (Historical Dimension) comprises articles analyzing some important long-term global processes (global urbanization, global political development, and so on) in historical retrospective.

Part 2 (Globalistics, Global Studies, and Models) comprises articles that consider in detail the notion of Globalistics and possible directions of development of this field of academic research. This section also contains articles on modeling of global processes, as well as their quantitative analyses with various globalization indices.

Part 3 (Trends, Risks, and Problems) comprises articles analyzing various directions of globalization, global risks (for example, in connection with global climatic changes, or global terrorism), and global problems.

Part 4 (Perspectives and the New World Order) presents a wide spectrum of views on the meaning of the contemporary epoch, as well as some forecasts of global development in the forthcoming decades.

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