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America Transformed

Globalization, Inequality, and Power

Gary Hytrek and Kristine M. Zentgraf

Publication Date - 23 February 2007

ISBN: 9780195173000

256 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

By examining the social construction of globalization, America Transformed provides powerful insights into the contested dialectical relationship between global and local forces.


Globalization--the interconnection of the world culturally, socially, politically, and economically--has generated intense theoretical and practical concerns. Is globalization inevitable? What are the effects of globalization on social structures and individual perceptions? What is the effect of globalization on societal level inequality?

America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality, and Power examines these questions by analyzing the links among global processes and shifting patterns of stratification, inequality, and social mobility in the United States. While many texts separate discussions of macro- and micro-level processes when examining globalization, this book skillfully integrates general macro-level processes with specific reference to the micro-level effects of globalization in the U.S. Exploring the critical dimensions of inequality--class, gender, and immigration--America Transformed situates the U.S. experience within the broader global context, and fleshes out the mechanism through which global processes affect social stratification. By examining the social construction of globalization, the authors identify the key policy challenges of globalization, and some of the innovative community-based responses to social inequality.

America Transformed provides powerful insights into the contested dialectical relationship between global and local forces: how globalization shapes stratification and inequality in the U.S., and how local communities attempt to mediate those changes.


"This enjoyable book should be widely consulted by anyone interested in globalization and its effects on American society today."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Table of Contents

    Part I
    1. Overview
    2. Globalization: The Context
    3. Globalization: The Debate
    4. Globalization Debate: An Assessment
    5. Globalization and Stratification
    Part II
    6. Globalization and Work
    7. Globalizaton and Immigration
    8. Globalization and Gender
    Part III
    9. Globalization: Its Countermovement and Community
    10. How Globalization is Transforming America

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