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Running Out of Control: Dilemmas of Globalization

R. Alan Hedley
Running Out of Control: Dilemmas of Globalization
ISBN: 978-1-56549-152-6
ISBN: 978-1-56549-151-9
2002/235 pages/LC: 2002006238
A Kumarian Press Book

"Hedley's grasp of a massive subject that engulfs us all is impressive. By applying the concept of ecological diversity to the human environment, he has managed to paint a broad, complex, and nuanced picture of globalization."—Julie Fisher, author of Nongovernments

"Running Out of Control brilliantly exposes secrets of globalization. In a book both thematic and comparative, Alan Hedley discusses problems intrinsic to globalization that societies will have to face in the coming decades, then offers solutions."—Akira Nakamura, Meiji University

"With novel arguments and sound evidence, Alan Hedley invites us to view globalization as an extension of control, based on information communication technology and driven by transnational corporations.... I recommend it as a guide for both citizens and scientists."—Egon Matzner, University of Technology, Vienna

"Through this lucidly written and remarkably jargon-free book, Alan Hedley has made a substantial contribution to the globalization debate, from a perspective very different from those of Thomas Friedman and Samuel Huntington."—Subbiah Arunachalam, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation


Alan Hedley argues that, although for centuries technological innovation allowed humanity to gain increasing control over its fate, the trajectory of that control is now—due to globalization—on a downward course. Hedley also proposes approaches and strategies for dealing with the new reality.


R. Alan Hedley is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Victoria.


  • Understanding Globalization.
  • Studying Social Change.
  • Human Control of the Global System.
  • The Global Ecological Environment.
  • Control in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects.