What does Nederveen Pieterse want to accomplish in this Introduction? Does he succeed? How so, or why not?
Which arguments and ideas presented in this chapter were new to you? Which weren't? Why might this matter?
Why might we want to know about an author's personal background? Why does Nederveen Pieterse discuss this?
Is Nederveen Pieterse's approach the best way to present this wide-ranging material? Why or why not?
Are notions of globalization characterized more by consensus or by controversy? Support your position.
How are the four areas of agreement (or points of consensus) related to each other? Be specific.
Rank order the seven areas of dispute (controversies) in order of their importance. Explain your rationale.
How is Nederveen Pieterse's take on globalization different from your own? Explain why this might be and whether the differences are important.
Select some keywords that highlight the most important aspects of globalization as discussed in this chapter. How central is each of these keywords to Nederveen Pieterse's conceptualization of globalization?
What are the most important new things you learned about globalization from reading this chapter? Compare answers with others in your group.