ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on English-language sociological texts centered on the concept of globalisation. It examines their methods for constructing a concept of global society, their antinomies, and their language and performative effectiveness. During the 1980s, the term 'globalisation' became popular among business journalists and management theorists, and began to generate a research literature in economics. The basis of most sociological thinking about globalisation, from the first wave of theoretical work, was the idea of global society. The concept of global society was built on the idea that boundaries were rapidly breaking down and there was a new intensity of links across distance among people, social entities or regions. Declarations of this idea, abstract linkage, are highly characteristic of the 'globalisation' literature in sociology. The discourse of globalisation, with its themes of boundarylessness, common fate and growing integration, constantly hovers on the edge of assertions of global homogeneity, especially in culture.