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Globalization The Phenomenon of Globalization Daniel E. Navarro, PhD, ACSW, LCSW The experience of migration and the needs of immigrants call for the profession of social work to become increasingly active in the field of international social welfare for which an understanding of relevant global issues that affect the decisions and lives of immigrants and refugees is most necessary. International social welfare is concerned with the promotion of basic human well-being within a context of increasing cross- cultural collaboration. Technology is inevitably giving the illusion that the world is smaller than it seemed only decades ago. Just as opportunities to travel half around the globe in a matter of a few hours increase, so do the opportunities to come face-to-face here at home with individuals from other corners of the world. In a world where nations, communities and cultures become more interdependent each day, social workers ought to gain greater understanding of international social work practice as evidenced by the ability to work with individuals beyond the borders of our country as well as with diverse populations in the U.S. As citizens of a global village, today we are more vulnerable to decisions made not only by federal and state agencies but also by corporations, some of which may not be geographically based in the U.S. or – perhaps – even difficult to locate on any chart. Every era in the history of humankind may be characterized by a concept that captures the prevalent zeitgeist of the moment. For instance, the Era of Globalization is quickly becoming the preferred term for describing the current times. Similarly, the Depression , the Cold War , the Space Age , and the Roaring 20s are used to describe specific periods of history; globalization describes today’s political, economic, and cultural climate. This concept creates an ambivalence, most unsettling for many people: that international forces are driving more and more developments in the world, 1
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Globalization and thus crystallizes both the hopes of some people that we will finally achieve a global society and the fears of many others that their lives and jobs are threatened by forces beyond their control. (Hall & Tarrow 2, ¶ 1) How did globalization come into being? In the second half of the twentieth century, the capitalist system underwent a significant transformation, mostly referred to as its globalization. The most vital units of the system began to operate on a world-wide scale, both producing and disposing of their products in a large number of countries. The globalization of the industrial economy inaugurated a whole new chapter in the relationship between economic and political power (Poggi, 2001). From this vantage point, globalization began to increasingly take the economic process out of its previous
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2010 for the course SWK S141 taught by Professor Danielnavarro during the Fall '10 term at IUPUI.

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