Part I examines how scattered studies of globalization by individual scholars working at the margins of established disciplines in the late twentieth century emerged over two decades as the field of global studies. Its four chapters offer multiple perspectives on this process from the vantage point of the late 2010s. The first two chapters, by Manfred Steger and Mark Juergensmeyer, focus on institutional developments, while those by Roland Robertson and Paul James focus on conceptual ones. The insights in these chapters are especially valuable because their authors played significant roles in launching and developing the field. Viewed in dialogue with each other, the four chapters generate an existential question about the future of global studies. How does an intellectual enterprise originating in novel inquiries sustain its dynamism as it becomes institutionalized as a field?

The first chapter, by Manfred Steger, is titled “What Is Global Studies?” He sees the field...

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