This book offers a contribution to the current debate over globalization. It provides a a distinctively cultural focus on the social theory of the contemporary world. The relationship between local communities and a broader social system is a long-standing concern. Recent decades, however, have seen an acceleration of the processes by which the global system impacts on localities. The result has been an increased interest in understanding the nature of global society, viewed through such conceptions as "world-systems", "restructuring" and "capitalism".
Roland Robertson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. His books include International Systems and the Modernization of Societies (with J P Nettl, 1968) The Sociological Interpretation of Religion (1970) Meaning and Change: Explorations in the Cultural Sociology of Modern Societies (1978), Religion and Global Order (co-edited with William R Garrett, 1991) and Talcott Parsons: Theorist of Modernity (co-edited with Bryan S Turner