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The Global South: Politics, Policy & Development POLS 3560 – Fall/Winter 2011/2012 – Ananya Mukherjee-Reed Lecture 11 – Globalization – Nov 29 What is it? - A set of social processes that are thought to transform our present social condition into one of globality. At its core, then, globalization is about shifting forms of human contact. Three important pieces of information: o We are slowly leaving behind the condition of modernity that gradually unfolded from the 16 century onwards; o We are moving toward the new condition of (postmodern) globality; and o We have not yet reached it. o ‘Globalization’ suggests a sort of dynamism best captured by the notion of ‘development’ or ‘unfolding’ along discernible patterns. Such unfolding may occur quickly or slowly, but it always corresponds to the idea of change, and therefore, denotes the transformation of present conditions.’ Definitions - Globalization can thus 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. - The concept of globalization reflects the sense of an immense enlargement of worl
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