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University of Toronto Scarborough
Girish Daswani

Lec 7 – Monday February 25 , 2013 ANTB20- Global capitalism  Call centers, capital flows from developed country to poor country, thus profits are maximized because labor is cheaper  New thing, because use to have to ship people from place to place to work, but now have individuals that want to work in the place and you just ship your money -with money, you transform the place  Apart from tech that is advancing and changing, the social theory around that is how we try to understand and conceptualize ourselves as people around these new technologies  How do we think of our future now, vs the people that use to look at the future 40 yrs ago.  How we transform our identity based on our perceptive on the technology (revolutionized on how we communicate and have contact) -less face to face contact, no need for hand shake for business deals  Thus, time no longer an issue, can simultaneously be in contact with someone in a different place and time zone  Time space sociality come into play here Call centers phone calls to help with problems could be for selling stuff,  help fix something -problem with time zones, accent barrier  time space compression- no need for intimate face to face contact anymore  Avatar: real life and virtual life are close, but different, yet real. Global capitalism – what is it?  Capitalism has taken on new forms since 70’s  The new period we live in has been labeled as ‘post-fordist’, informational and networked or as disorganized capitalism -we are currently in post-fordistism -information is networked -labour is outsourced- products not in same place it was produced  These models have led to important debates about the new experience of space, time and identity emergent from these technological and social changes Neo-liberalism- shift in ways we speak about the open market assumes that the borders aren’t relevant that capital flows -states will invite certain investments overseas -privatization of companies and social welfare – commodified post-fordist – you can make money if you have the networks. The network society  Castells- argues that the main mode of social organization in politics, the economy and civil society is shifting from the relatively stable hierarchy to a more FLUID network form -allows to connect and flow,  These networks are interpersonal, transnational and transitory and associated with globalization Technopoles  Recent developments generate the basic materials of the informational economy that is replacing the industrial economy -think of info and networking as more important -ex. Role of the spider – the most resourceful person is spider because he can link up parts of the web 
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