Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lecture 11: Globalisation, Kieren Boddy

Sorry about the length, when I finished writing the script for this, it was about 1,000 words!

If you want the just of the answer, go to the last 4 minutes.

If you can not understand my accent or slurring, I will upload my script somewhere and repost it here.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Interesting response Kieren - well-thought out with frequent use of humor (images).

In response to your assertion that use of the term "victim" means "the west is bad". The question posed in the last lecture was "is there a tendency"...I think that is the key part of the question. Are there people who see the West as globalising giant and the East as globalised?

You make an interesting point about "the majority of Western countries were colonisers or descendents of colonisers....". Where would you put China in this equation? Also, how does the effect (which we're currently feeling) of the sub-prime mortgage crisis that originated in the US fit with globalisation?

I would like you to explain a little more about how globalisation is *fundamentally* different from colonisation if globalisation can also exert responses about loss of culture, erosion of identity?

Have a look at this article on the Costs and Benefits of Globalisation which notes:

"The Costs of Globalisation are -

* The wages in the UK are high in global terms, and thus the UK is unable to compete in many sectors such as manufacture of consumer goods or other goods where the labour costs are a significant element of the price. Thus British workers are losing their jobs when companies move abroad or fail to compete.
* Open to risks outside of the control of the UK government , i.e. International capital flows and crisis."