September 11 2012
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1. Why study globalization and social justice?
To understand social movements.
To understand how and why they are taking place.
To better understand the process.
We are becoming more connected
specific cultural differences, understand cultural changes
political reasons, to understand the economy
2. What are some of the consequences of globalization that you have noticed?
Globalization and capitalism
diversification --> food, communities
loss of language
Week One: Globalization and Social Justice.
Media images and our consciousness of the world
Watching wares and emergencies (floods in Pakistan, tsunami, AIDS, unfold)
Popular media and mediated consciousness
Desensitization along with medial information (representation)
The internet access and delivery
The haves and have nots of information and technology
◦ not a North/South divide like it is believed/perceived to be
We have a tendency to understand the local easily, unlike the global
We are more aware of the “bad news” take place
Our World at Night
− We can see the world as an entirety, it is all
− We can see the interconnections.
− We can think about whats going on in the
− Industrialization, representation of energy
− We track the growth of the population but
not energy consumption.
− Distribution of cost/benefits of globalization. Socioloth 360
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Tensions between particularism and universalism.
Interdependence between the local and the global
Rate of growth of interdependence.
Universal: large scale.
GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to track economy.
Quality of life surveys (Statistics Canada).
◦ We lose the individual with these.
We need the tension to see the impact of individuals, we need to understand
It is hard to find areas in ones own life not affected by globalization, hard for
full nations as well
Globality and Globalization
Globality: a social condition characterized by the existence of global economic,
political, cultural, and environmental interconnections and flows that make many of
the currently existing borders and boundaries irrelevant (Steger, 2003: 7).
If you had a completely globalized world boundaries would be irrelevant.
Globalization: set of processes that are thought to transform our present condition
towards globality (Steger, 2003: 8).
Process of removing rigid boundaries/boarders
◦ national: political/military
◦ cultural: material vs non-material
values don't always match up to technology
Four Characteristic of Globalization
1. Creation and/or expanding social networks and activities; personal and
2. Expansion of social relation, activities and inter-dependencies
3. Intensification and acceleration of social exchanges and activities
4. affect the subjective plane of human consciousness. We understand the world
as: conflict, community, diversity, and fast paced
1. Uneven process; good or bad thing
2. Scale; to what degree is it taking place
3. Causation; what is driving it
4. Chronology; new or old
5. Impact; consequences Socioloth 360
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6. Trajectories; future, where is it going
7. Policy outcomes; what policies should be put in place
Globalization is more than aspect or factor;
Globalists: A new period in human history; it is really happening
Sceptics: Evolution of world capitalism (uneven and unequal); much to do
Differences between the South and the North.
Not all the beneficiaries in the north, not all the victims in the south
holistic approach, but knowledge will always be incomplete
material = bipolar