World-wide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice-versa.
Giddens, Anthony. Consequences of Modernity. Cambridge and Palo Alto: Polity and Stanford University Press. 1990:27
A process of global integration in which diverse peoples, economies, cultures, and political processes are increasingly subjected to international influences.
Midgley, James. Social welfare in global context. Sage Publications, Incorporated, 1997:xi
The crystallization of the entire world as a single place.
Mooij, M. Global Marketing and Advertising: Understanding Cultural Paradoxes, Sage Publications, Thousands Oaks. 1998:6