Innovative and provocative, America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality, and Power examines the links between global processes and shifting patterns of stratification, inequality, and social mobility. The study of globalization-the interconnection of the world culturally, socially, politically, and most importantly, economically-is a growing area of study in college curricula. Students and scholars debate the consequences of globalization, whether its speed is appropriate or controllable, and whether it is inevitable. Many sociology books break apart discussions of macro- and micro-level processes within the globalization debate. Hytrek and Zentgraf skillfully integrate general macro-level processes with specific reference to the micro-level effects of globalization in the United States. America Transformed focuses unflinchingly on inequality and policy issues. This text provides students with the tools needed to understand the political construction of globalization and its effects on social inequality.
By recognizing the connections between global processes and social stratification in the United States, students will become better equipped to identify and create effective community-based responses to social inequality. Because the text draws on several disciplines, it may be used in a variety of courses. It is ideal for upper-level sociology courses on stratification and social change; class and gender studies; and poverty and race. It may also be used in interdisciplinary studies courses such as globalization and international studies. Additionally, it can be beneficial as a supplement in basic sociology courses, including social problems or introduction to sociology.