LABR ST 2G03 – LECTURE – January 6, 7, &9, 2014
LECTURE – JAN 6 – Just an intro to the course (no notes)
LECTURE – JAN 7
THE GLOBALIZATION DEBATE
- Globalization: multi-faceted set of processes that incorporate/involve objective and
subjective dimensions/process that are linking together people of the world
o Objective: transformations in economy, trade, etc.
o Subjective: ideas, culture, ideologies
- 3 dimensions (economic, political, cultural)
- Global economy emerging?
- Is it subordinating national economies to it?
- Global economy changing political institutions, power, and democracy
- Global government?
- Is it superseding national governments?
- What about democracy?
- How responsive is it to people?
3. Cultural (not going to focus on too much)
- Cultural convergence going on
- Global cultural being formed (creation of global companies, media, etc.)
- Globalizers (Teeple) vs. Skeptics
o Teeple and Munck
Post WWII period = “The Second Great Transformation”
The Great Transformation (Polanyi): a move to a market society
o Teeple’s Critique of the Skeptics (Two Diff Types of Skeptics)
1. “Some people claim/maintain that the very notion/concept of globalization is
an ideological construct” – a concept to keep subordinate people in
What skeptics think:
• How? “There is no alternative” – Thatcher
• Global reality reason/justification for changes (economy, politics,
policies, etc.) and to keep groups in their place
• Have to accept it because of global economy
• Believes this concept of globalization is used in this manner, but it
exists (not a concept)
• Distinguish political use of the term globalization and its
conceptualization as reality
2. “Contemporary globalization is nothing new, not significant”
Since beginning of capitalism, this has been happening
Exploitation has existed a long time
• i.e. India makes cotton, Britain makes cloth
Development of world markets and world trade is not new World economy 1900s was more internationalized than today; not
qualitatively diff. than now
“Belle Époque” – The Beautiful Era (1870 – 1930s)
• % of merchandizer trade of GDP (exports/imports)
o If % low, not very globalized
o If % high, very globalized
LECTURE – JAN 9 – L.H. sent
THE GLOBALIZATION DEBATE… continued
- Teeple: Globalizer responding to the skeptics (those who believe there is nothing new)
- Skeptics: globalization is used to force the general population to do particular things
- 2 group of skeptics: nothing new happening, as old as capitalism, always been an
expansion of markets and increased trade (old colonialism) – continuation with that
- McBride: Labor migrations were a lot more pronounced an