A Genealogy of ‘Globalization’: The Career of a Concept

  title={A Genealogy of ‘Globalization’: The Career of a Concept},
  author={Paul James and Manfred B. Steger},
  pages={417 - 434}
Abstract ‘Globalization’ is an extraordinary concept. It is a complicated concept that burst upon the world relatively recently, but soon became a household concern. It is a concept that was rarely used until the 1990s, but processes of globalization had been happening for centuries. This article follows the genealogy of the concept from its unlikely beginnings in the 1930s–1950s to the heated scholarly debates across the end of the twentieth century to the present. Before it became a buzz word… 

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