Handbook on the Geographies of Globalization
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Handbook on the Geographies of Globalization

Edited by Robert C. Kloosterman, Virginie Mamadouh and Pieter Terhorst

Processes of globalization have changed the world in many, often fundamental, ways. Increasingly these processes are being debated and contested. This Handbook offers a timely, rich as well as critical panorama of these multifaceted processes with up-to-date chapters by renowned specialists from many countries. It comprises chapters on the historical background of globalization, different geographical perspectives (including world systems analysis and geopolitics), the geographies of flows (of people, goods and services, and capital), and the geographies of places (including global cities, clusters, port cities and the impact of climate change).
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Chapter 6: Globalization and sustainable development

Joyeeta Gupta

Abstract

The combined forces of the current era of globalization, also sometimes referred to as the Anthropocene, reveal the limits of our natural resources and sinks, and the ways in which inequality is deepening worldwide more clearly than before. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to address both problems – the planetary boundaries and the social floors, but the question is whether it will remain at best a symptomatic response to a deep structural problem, or whether it will be able to unleash a global movement that is able to tame the capitalist free market.

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