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Globalization and Its Discontent: Winners and Losers Defining Globalization SOCI0064: Globalization and Information Society: Myths, Facts and Emerging Patterns Week 2 Dr. L. Cho, PhD E-mail: [email protected] DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
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General Housekeeping Tutorials sign up with tutor Kent Deng ([email protected]) Tutorial assignments Tutorial handout: Questions & additional reading to help frame discussion Students sign up to lead discussion Essay Due: Feb 9, 2011 (Topic provided next week) Readings available: http://www.hku.hk/sociodep/html/soci0064.html
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Week 2 Objective Understand how globalization is defined (socially, economically, politically) Discussion on the winner and losers in the global context
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Defining Globalization Sociologists say huge and fast growing information flows between countries has facilitated both homogenous and heterogeneous cultures, societies and institutional systems [[Anwar 2008]] Political scientists say globalization is marked by the growth of inter-governmental and trans-national networks of political interaction (UN, Greenpeace, IMF, World Bank..) [[Held and McGrew]] Economists say as markets become increasingly interdependent, globalization has created economic “winners” and “losers” Technologists say new technologies are the key components of globalization and are at the core of “information society debates”
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A process leading to greater interdependence and mutual awareness (reflexivity) among economic, political and social units in the world, and among actors in general (Guillen 2001; Held et al. 1999:429-431; Petrella 1996:63-66; Waters 1995:63) Globalization: How the “Experts” Define It :
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