This book makes available a neglected piece of scholarship, which, in retrospect, seems prescient in light of our contemporary problems. It integrates economy, sociology, and ecology to demonstrate how ecological change effects world society. Roderick D. McKenzie's "Our Evolving World Economy" represents the first major sociological treatise on global society and the process of globalization. Published nearly three-quarters of a century before these terms became part of the familiar vocabulary of sociologists and others, the book describes the emerging phenomenon of globalization in great detail and suggests that global society, or in McKenzie's words, a "world society", already exists. McKenzie describes in great detail how new forms of energy, transportation and communication have broken down all of the physical barriers to human association and transformed the world into a great network of relations.
McKenzie raises and comments on many of the issues that have become central in the debate over globalization, including the nature of globalization, its inevitability, its value, its effects on local and national cultures, and the extent to which it has made national political institutions obsolete. The editor's introduction provides an overview of McKenzie's life and work with particular emphasis on his development of human ecology as the theoretical foundation of his discussion of globalization.