Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2000


The Sociology of Globalization:
The Emergence of a Global Society or Globaloney?

Main disciplines: Sociology, Political Science
Lecturer: Professor Michael Mann,
University of California at Los Angeles, USA


Course description
The 20th century has seen a massive extension of the infrastructures of communication and control across the globe -- the process known as "globalization". What are the causes and mechanisms of this process, how far has it transformed human societies and how far will it go in the future? Whereas "hyperglobalizers" compare it to the Industrial Revolution, radically transforming human societies, skeptics emphasize its unevenness and the resilience of older social structures. The course will examine such views, focussing on economic, cultural/ideological, military and political aspects of globalization.


Basic readings


The Lecturer
Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University and an Honorary D.Litt. from McGill University. His main interests are in sociological theory and macro-sociology. He has been engaged on a study of the development of power relations in human societies. Two volumes have so far been published: The Sources of Social Power. Vol I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 AD (Cambridge University Press, 1986), and Vol II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 1993). He is now working on Vol III: Global Power Networks of the 20th Century. He is also completing two other books, Fascists and Ethnic Cleansing.