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Essay On Economic Globalization

  • Submitted by: akanwar
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 2,141 words

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During the past few years globalization has emerged as a prevailing world issue often describing new advances in diverse fields from technology to capital. In anthropology, the central aspects of globalization are subject to much debate. In this paper, I will argue that globalization is best established through the increased integration of economic and political relations across the world, although this can be described as an awkward and uneven process due to the limits of global mobility, connections, and the discontinuous nature of the time - space compression in which globalization occurs. First, I will outline some of the various anthropological definitions of globalization from both previous social scientists and recent anthropologists. Second, I will analyze the uneven and awkward processes of globalization and examine the relationship of anthropology and the study of globalization. Lastly, throughout this paper I will demonstrate my argument by analyzing the ethnographical contributions of Steven Gregory's The Devil behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic and Linda Green's Notes on Mayan Youth and Rural Industrialization in Guatemala (2007, 2008).
Globalization is an extremely broad phenomenon that can be described in a multitude of definitions. Most commonly, globalization is associated with the interconnectedness of the international and local world. For example, Jonanthan Xavier Inda and Renato Rosaldo describe globalization in “a world full of movement and mixture, contact and linkages, and persistent cultural interaction and exchange” (2008:4). However, they also suggest that while movement and connections are vital characteristics of globalization, disconnection and exclusion also shape globalization (Inda and Rosaldo 2008:30). Global flows of economic and social structures are not fluid and constant; they have the power to exclude and immobilize as well as enhance movement and include certain beings. During the 1960s,...

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