Designed specifically for introductory globalization courses, Introducing Globalization helps students to develop informed opinions about globalization, inviting them to become participants rather than just passive learners. Interdisciplinary, accessible, and comprehensive, this guide identifies and explores the major economic, political and social ties that comprise contemporary global interdependency. At the same time, it is designed to help students understand the way in which the word “Globalization” – and the struggles over its meaning – lies at the heart of debates between advocates of a “free market” and what critics describe as the damage and devastation of “market fundamentalism” and “neoliberalism.”
Matthew Sparke is a professor of Geography and International Studies and an adjunct professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. Since 2000, his research has focused on globalization, and he is currently exploring the ways in which the verticalization of global health initiatives has come together with the global spread of market-based governance to produce a series of geographical effects in global health practices. He is the author of In the Space of Theory: Postfoundational Geographies of the Nation-State (2005), and he currently serves as Director of the UW’s Global Health minor.