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University of Toronto Scarborough
Girish Daswani

Tracking Global Flows By Jonathan Xavier IndaRenato Rosaldo Five snapshots o 1 mayan youth majority unmarried daughters work as apparel assemblers at Sam Lucas maquila factory o 2 Germany concern about the refusal of Turkish Muslims to integrate into German society Honor killings prevent wives and daughters from participating in German society o 3Mcdonalds is prominent feature in local landscape in Russiao 4 Northern Nigeria Indian film become integral in media scene influenced stories fashion and everyday Hausa population cultureo 5 Hong Kong talks about female inheritance in 1994These snapshots illustrate globalization o Globalizationintensification of global interconnectedness suggesting a world full of movement and mixture contact and linkages and persistent cultural interaction and exchangeo Complex mobility and interconnections that characterize globe today o World where borders and boundaries are porouspeoples and cultures are cast into intense and immediate contact with each other These snapshots at a more specific level high particular mobilitycultural flowo Capital people commodities images and ideologies These are becoming are become intertwinedEx case of Guatemala young women o Technology of communicationtransportation made capital more mobile o Leading to low wage sites around the globe in order to reduce cost of productionEx case of Germany Turkish migrants o Represents post WW2 movement of populations from less affluent parts of the globe into major urban centers of developing nationsResultdifferent people and cultures are in same spacesSpaces of the West find themselves homes to a host of diverse and incommensurable cultures Ex case of Russia McDonaldso Global standardization of cultural goods tastes and practices clothes food music to film architecture o Certain western brands achieved global prominenceo Mass consumption becomes primary mediator in the encounter between cultures Ex Nigeria Indian filmso Media lets viewers partake in imagined realities of other cultureso Offer Hausa men and women an alternative world that is not really unlike their own o films present the viewers a way of engaging tradition outside their culture but not from the Westcirculation of media between nonwestern countries is important aspect of global cultural flowsex Hong Kong o this examine points to how the question of womens rights excites political and ideological struggles framed in terms of cultural authenticity versus foreign influence tension betweenplacing gender equalityhuman rights centre of society vs is it an alien western impositiono global circulation of western ideologiesoften made up of Englitenment world freedom welfare democracy o cultural interconnections and tenstions that result at these ideologies are localized in various placesworld of motionglobalization o capital moves effortlesslydrawing more places into financial networks o people readily not freely cut across national boundaries spaces where cultures clash are created o commodities move one locality to anotherthey are primary mediators in encounter of cultural otherso images flicker quickly providing people new ways of being in the worldprocesses operating on global scale cut across national boundariesintegrating and connecting culturescompressing our sense of time and spacemaking world feel smaller and distances shorterhowever no doubtworld is experientially shrinking o innovations in communication and transporation technology made it easier and quicker for people and things to get aroundthere are limits to global mobility and connectionnot necessarily that world is shrinking for everyone and in all placesexperience of globalization is awkward and uneven process o ex some people may possess political and economic resources to trot across the worldmany more have littleno access to transport and means of communicationprice of plane ticket is too high for them o there are large expanses of the planet that are only tangentially tied into the websex whole areas of Africa are literally off all kinds of maps maps of telecommunication world trade finance global tourismsuch places have few circuits connecting them to anywherewhile the world is full of complex mobilitiesthere are also places and people that are exluded from these movementsthe very process that produce the movements and linkagesalso promote immobility exclusion and disconnection o this is also world of globalizationanthropology is most concerned with how globalizing process exist in particular societies with their historical cultures and ways of life
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