In the post-communist era 'globalization' has become the central concept of social scientific study. But the term is often used without a close examination of its meanings. Critical Theories of Globalization is a highly accessible guide that provides an introduction to current theoretical debates on the globalizing world and critically examines the meanings of globalization. From the Frankfurt School to postmodernism, this text outlines critical thinking on globalization and signposts how to overcome its most troubling consequences. Organized thematically, this volume examines economic, political and cultural dimensions of globalization, and also examines the alternative globalization movement's vision of transformed globalized practices and institutions. Including boxed text that highlights key issues, Critical Theories of Globalization is an invaluable tool for students that demonstrates how the views of critical theorists are crucial to understanding the global processes shaping the world today.