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Soci lecture2 - Globalization and Its Discontent Winners and Losers Defining Globalization SOCI0064 Globalization and Information Society Myths

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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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Globalization can be defined as the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa ( Anthony Giddens, Director of London School of Economics) Globalization : How the “Experts” Define It
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The concept of globalization reflects the sense of an immense enlargement of world communication, as well as the horizon of a world market, both of which seem far more tangible and immediate than in earlier stages of modernity ( Fredric Jameson, Prof of Literature, Duke University) Globalization: How the “Experts” Define It :
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transformation in the spatial organization of social relations and transactions - assessed in terms of their extensity, intensity, velocity and impact - generating trans-continental or inter-regional flows and networks of activity, interaction and exercise of power ( David Held, Prof of Economics, London School of Economics University ) Globalization is a process fueled by, and resulting in, increasing cross-border flow of goods services, money, people, information, and culture (Held et al. 1999:16)
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