Prof Robert Holton

Robert HoltonAffiliate member

Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin

Research interests

‘Professor Robert Holton’s main research interest is globalization. He has recently completed a major study of global inequalities, linking up-to-date analyses of trends, with policy analysis. Previous work included studies of global finance and the global financial crisis, globalization and the nation-state, cosmopolitanism, and global networks.

He is currently co-editing (with Bryan Turner), a second revised edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies, and developing new titles in his monographic publications series ‘Global Connections’ with Ashgate.




Robert J. Holton, Global Inequalities, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Robert J Holton, Global finance, Abingdon UK, Routledge, 2012.

Robert J Holton, Globalization and the nation-state, second revised edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Robert J Holton, Cosmopolitanisms: new thinking and new directions, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Robert J Holton, Global networks, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Robert Holton, Making globalization, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.

Robert Holton, Kentler kapitalizm ve Uygarlik, Ankara, Imge Kitabevi, 1999.

Robert Holton, Globalization and the nation-state, Basingstoke, UK, MacMillan, 1998.

Robert Holton, Economia e sociedade, Lisbon, Instituto Piaget, 1997.

Robert Holton, Economy and society, London, Routledge, 1992.

Book chapters

Robert J Holton, 'Some comments on cosmopolitanism and Europe' in Roland Robertson and Anne Sophie Krossa (eds) European cosmopolitanism in question, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp 25–43.

Robert J Holton, 'Globalization and cricket' in Chris Rumford and Stephen Wagg (eds) Cricket and globalization, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars, 2010, pp 18–40.

Robert J Holton, 'Longevity in a global world' in Isidro Lopez-Aparicio (ed), The fragility gap, Granada, Spain, Universidad de Granada, 2009, pp 25–30.

Robert J Holton, 'Network theories and network types' in J Barkhoff and H Eberhart (eds) Networking across borders and frontiers, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2009, pp 19–31.

Robert J Holton, 'Talcott Parsons' in R Stones (ed), Key sociological thinkers, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, pp 136–148.

Sandra Holton and Robert Holton, 'From the particular to the global: some empirical, epistemological and methodological aspects of microhistory with regard to a women's rights network' in Karen Fricker and Ronit Lentin (eds) Performing global networks, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp 8–24.

T Phillips and R Holton, 'What do Australians think about globalisation?' in D Denemark, G Meagher, S Wilson, M Western and T Phillips (eds), Australian social attitudes: 2, Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 2007, pp 107–124.

Robert Holton, 'Power: a note on Talcott Parsons and the Brown University conversations' in Laurence S Moss and Andrew Savchenko (eds) Talcott Parsons: economic sociologist of the 20th century, Oxford, Blackwell, 2006, pp 59–63.

Robert Holton, 'Capitalism' in R Robertson and J-A Scholte, Encyclopaedia of globalization, 1, London, Routledge, 2006, pp 121–126.

Robert Holton, 'Networks' in R Robertson and J-A Scholte, Encyclopaedia of globalization, 3, London, Routledge, 2006, pp 867–872.

Robert Holton, 'Universalism' in R Robertson and J-A Scholte, Encyclopaedia of globalization, 4, London, Routledge, 2006, pp 1223–1226.

Robert Holton, 'Globalization' in Austin Harrington (ed) Modern social theory: an introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp 292–312.

Robert Holton, 'Talcott Parsons: conservative apologist or irreplaceable icon' in George Ritzer and Barry Smart (eds) Handbook of social theory, London, Sage, 2001, pp 152–162.

Robert Holton, 'Multicultural citizenship: the politics and poetics of public space' in Engin Isin (ed) Democracy, citizenship and the global city, London, Routledge, 2000, pp 189–202.

Robert Holton, 'Globalization and Australian identities’ in David Day (ed) Australian identities, Melbourne, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 1998, pp 198–211.

Robert Holton, 'Talcott Parsons' in Rob Stones (ed) Key sociological thinkers, Basingstoke, MacMillan, 1998.

Journal articles

Robert Holton, 'Network discourses: proliferation, critique, and synthesis', Global Networks, 5(2), 2005, 209–215.

Robert Holton, 'Cosmopolitanism or cosmopolitanisms? The Universal Races Congress of 1911', Global Networks, 2(2), 2002, 153–170.

Robert Holton and Tim Phillips, 'Popular attitudes to globalisation', Policy, Organization, and Society, 20(2), 2001, 5–21.

Robert Holton, 'Four myths about globalization', Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 19, 1997, 141–196.

Robert Holton, 'Rational choice theory in sociology', Critical Review, 9(4), 1995, 519–537.

Robert Holton and Bryan Turner, 'Debate and pseudo-debate in class analysis: some unpromising aspects of Goldthorpe and Marshall's defence', Sociology, 28(3), 1994, 819–824.

Robert Holton, 'Globalization and multiculturalism', Australian and New Zealnd Journal of Sociology, 30(3), 1994, 253–258.

Robert Holton, 'Talcott Parsons and the integration of economic and social theory', Sociological Inquiry, 61(1), 1991, 101–114.

Areas of study and research

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