Globalization: In Search of Definition of a Controversial Concept

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


This chapter is devoted to analysis of the concept of globalization, highlighting its main components as well as ambiguities. Above all, however, the most critical arguments brought against the concept are considered, in an attempt to demonstrate, vice versa, its utility and validity: these being the necessary premises for justifying the book’s reflection on the instruments best suited to measuring globalization. The chapter also proposes a definition of globalization that may serve as a benchmark in the analysis of possible instruments for its measurement.


Theories on globalization Definition of globalization Internationalization Deterritorialization Transformation of space Components of globalization 


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di SociologiaUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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