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.’
- 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