Is the current form of globalization inevitable? Material Geographies shows that the present form of globalization has been actively 'made' by corporations, governments and international agencies, as well as through the combined efforts of many smaller actors. It discusses:
o themes - including economy, environment, politics, mobility, technology
o actors - human and non-human forces, from biodiversity to climate
o spaces - the key concepts of territory and flow
o responsibilities - our relations with people and other living things.
Taking a range of different perspectives - from financial institutions to nation states, global migration to local identity - this is a vivid exposition of how globalization works at different scales. Unique in teaching literature with its focus on the non-human, it demonstrates how globalization can be understood geographically.
About the Author
Nigel Clark is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Open University
Table of Contents
Introduction - Doreen Massey & Nigel ClarkClimate Changes: island life in a volatile world - Nigel ClarkMaking Finance, Making Worlds - Michael PrykeBioprospecting and the Global Entanglement of People, Plants and Pills - Nick BinghamThe Ice: unstable geographies of Antarctica - Klaus DoddsOf Trees and Trails: place in a globalised world - Owain JonesCommunity, Cloth and other Travelling Objects - Giles MohanGeographies of Solidarity - Doreen MasseyGood Food: ethical consumption and global change - Sarah Whatmore & Nigel ClarkConclusion - Nigel Clark & Doreen Massey