International Studies Lecture 2

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16:20 I. Introduction What are the main analytical frameworks for describing global issues? After the cold war it was seen that we had entered a “uni-polar” world, but that is widely  recognized as false now. II. “Globalization”  Core Conceptual Properties Markets over states Globalization represents the decline of the power of nation states, and the rise of the  power of global capital, media, international orgs, ngos.   The intuition behind the claim is that in the contemporary world markets have been  liberalized so much that governments have lost control and markets and huge  corporations are too powerful for states to control them.  Think WalMart, who makes  more money a year than 133 countries!     Cultural homogenization Globalization means cultural homogenization.  There are distinct cultures, morals,  languages, etc yet we are moving to a world that is more similar.   Many feel the world is becoming more and more Americanized.  Globalization has come  with a backlash however, think Taliban. Space-time compression The ability to communicate instantaneously around the world has removed geographical  barriers.   Two common definitions of globalization (read definitions at [email protected]) We are now living in a world society that itself has a culture.  We are sharing certain  principles with people all over the world. A brief history of globalization This is not a new idea, the concept of globalization has been around for centuries.  Ex:  Colonization, Imperialism, etc.  However people suggest that globalization is a concept  that defines our era.  They argue that it is a newer, more intense form of globalization  that separates us from past examples. Graphs of Globalization
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