- Volume 45
- Number 1
Studia Europejskie –
Studies in European Affairs
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Interpretations of globalization
Despite the ever-increasing list of publications concerning globalization, many questions still remain unanswered. Each assessment made today carries a certain risk – the truth about globalization hides in the future. Still, many scholars aspire to the role of more than just chroniclers. The principal aim of this article is to present two original ways of interpreting globalization, one from economic point of view (attempting to describe mechanisms of global economy), another one from the sociological one (showing the scope of new relations between the individual and the society as well as between the society and State authorities). While different, these views are not contradictory. One can consider them either separately or as concepts that fit together well. Their authors are ranked amongst the world’s top intellectuals, Joseph Stiglitz and Zygmunt Bauman being the pioneers of the ideas. Not only do they bring us closer to the meaning of globalization and complexity of inter-related problems. They also make us aware that the nature of globalization – being so controversial, as we know – is not the only possible nature of this idea. There is a good reason why the concepts of globalization proposed by Stiglitz and Bauman should be compared and considered together: both stem from a double perspective – that of an outsider and of a member of the group at the same time. Stiglitz places international economic institutions at the foreground, describing a group of which he once had been member. Bauman, on the other hand, presents the idea of globalization from the inside, describing the reality as can be seen from one’s window: changeable, mysterious, not at all the world where everyone feels secure and satisfied with one’s freedom.
How to Cite:
Ziewiec, G. (2008) "Interpretacje globalizacji". Studia Europejskie – Studies in European Affairs, 1/2008, pp. 29-49.