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Girish Daswani
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LECTURE 1 – JANUARY 10th, 2011
Culture, Politics and Globalization - Introduction
Globalization as a concept that refers both the compression of the world and the
intensification of consciousness about the world as a whole”
Assumption of Globalization
1Assuming that globalization is new and progressive
2Assuming that it was a long historic process of change?
- Historic proof that certain changes in time are described asnew
- Where and when did globalization commence exactly?
Some common assumptions about globalization
1. Dissolving barriers like time and distance
2. Makes political borders increasingly irrelevant
- Increased movements and flows through global migration
3. Hybridization of cultures
- More mixing between people (travel)
4. Intensification of connections and increasing our consciousness of development
5. Rise of the free market economy
Compression of the world
3Interconnectedness of the world through communication (World Wide Web) and
- Speed and progressive transformations of technology
4International Organizations i.e United Nations
- European incentive that extended internationally

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- Idealizing a world outside of nation states
5Products (goods) spreading internationally through space and time
- Acquiring these international products becomes easier to access
Inda and Rosaldo
*Space-time compression and stretching of social life across time and space*
6Labor is more outsourced and subcontracted (cheaper to hire people from developing
countries to service the developed countries)
- Change in the labor market
7No longer the same kinds of social beings we were in the past
- Face-to-Face interaction vs. remote encounters in regards to relationships
Globalists vs. Skeptics
8Skeptics believe that globalism is constructed through structural barriers
- Government control over the use of technology limiting its people from
international knowledge
- Control through limitation and surveillance of nation state
9Globalists (believers) believe that nation states are instead limited to power
- Minimal control over populations interactions with international world
Is globalization something New? or Old?
10 New - Internet, new media
11 Old - Limitation of questioning interconnecting mechanisms, political and
economic relationships are uneven, power across time and space, death of nation-state
Anthropology and Globalization
12 Non-homogenous way of thinking about globalization

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13 Discussing more than just the nation state and how it relates to globalization
- Beliefs, values, gender, class of populations around the world
14 Observing transformations of the world and understanding/analyzing how they are
experienced within different cultures
15 Understanding re-configuration and barriers
16 Interpreting social change
The Devil Behind the Mirror
17 Metaphor that illustratesthe dissonance between what transnational capital
promises and what it delivers as this tension is lived, interpreted, and acted upon in
everyday lives of working people”
-People having the need to participate in consumption
-Experiences of tension when people are unable to achieve this participation
LECTURE 2 – JANUARY 17th, 2011
Conceptualizing the “Global
Studying the world as a whole
Changing aspects of the world
Limitation to studyingthe local re-creates a bounded society, attempting to
define a culture, unfixed, subject to external forces
oLimited perspective on culture being studied
Understanding “the Other
European countries trying to understand radically different parts of the world
(social scientists – Why do we in the West have development?)
oTraveling to the East in order to understand local control to support their
ideas about progression/evolution
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