This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book discusses the interplay in Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis between individual bodies, local street life, and the high-speed world of global finance. It explores the role of human agency in the interaction of time and globalization by developing the concept of temporal systems, which are assemblages of such temporal artifacts as clocks, stages of life, and the temporal mechanisms of technological innovations, financial markets, and global governance. The book examines the intersections of globalization, time, and diseases-a topic that has become increasingly pertinent in the context of emerging infectious diseases such as H1N1 and Ebola. It analyzes the temporality of the global e-waste recycling trade. The book shows that the impact of social acceleration on the capacity for long-term strategic planning within contemporary global justice movements.