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Definition of Globalization

(noun) Worldwide flow and integration of culture, media, and technology due to advances in communication systems and economic interests.

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Syllabification: glob·al·i·za·tion

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌɡloʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
  • British English – /ˌɡləʊbl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: globalizations
  • Variant spelling: globalisation

Related Quotations

  • “The undue reliance which sociologists have placed upon the idea of ‘society‘, where this means a bounded system, should be replaced by a starting point that concentrates upon analysing how social life is ordered across time and space – the problem of time-space distanciation. The conceptual framework of time-space distanciation directs our attention to the complex relations between local involvements (circumstances of co-presence) and interaction across distance (the connections of presence and absence). In the modern era, the level of time-space distanciation is much higher than in any previous period, and the relations between local and distant social forms and events become correspondingly ‘stretched’. Globalisation refers essentially to that stretching process, in so far as the modes of connection between different social contexts or regions become networked across the earth’s surface as a whole. Globalisation can thus be defined as the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa” (Giddens 1991:63–64).
  • “With the advent of globalization and the increased mobility of professionals and workers of all kinds across national boundaries, the problem of recognizing ‘credentials‘ obtained in other countries has come to the fore. On the one hand, professional organizations and other occupational associations are concerned that the influx of such credentialed individuals may weaken their control over the supply of ‘qualified’ labor; on the other hand, governments are under pressure to recognize such ‘foreign credentials’ by a public that is anxious to alleviate a real or perceived scarcity of professional service providers in such areas as medicine and law” (Smith 2008:166–67).

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Cite the Definition of Globalization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “globalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 24, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/globalization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

globalization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/globalization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “globalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 24, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/globalization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“globalization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Jan. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/globalization/>.