Going beyond the narrow economic focus common to most books about globalization, All Together Now describes four kinds of global change-economic, political, cultural, biological-all of which are now accelerating, driven by the increasing mobility of symbols, goods, people, and non-human life forms. Anderson describes how we are entering an age of open systems as systems of all kinds-organizations, nations, ecosystems-change in similar ways. Boundaries around systems are penetrated, challenged, renegotiated, relocated. Systems that were once relatively isolated develop new connections and linkages to other systems. Anderson argues that this globalizing world is radically uncentralized even though people and societies are richly interconnected. All Together Now shows how globalization is advanced even by anti-globalization movements, while global-scale problems such as climate change draw us together into the first global civilization.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Globalizations -- The Global Animal -- The Meanings of the Twentieth Century -- Connections -- From Marketplaces to Placeless Markets -- Governance – with and without Governments -- The Wars and Games of Global Culture -- The Reconnected Biosphere -- Informatizations -- The Informatization of Global Society -- The Bio-Information Society -- Organizations and Reorganizations -- Participating in the Global Polis -- All the Global Villages -- Possibilities -- Global Visions and Divisions -- Global Challenges and Social Facts -- Toward a Global Open Society -- Epilogue