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Globalisation Theory
Global era = new identity since 1960, not just global processes, but instead global perspectives and experiences. This is linked to globalisation, but they are not the same
Globalisation not a linear process happening at the same rate everywhere eg. Internet vs colonization 2 views:
o Liberal view: globalisation has changed everything

Sceptical view: globalisation is not new, it is change introduced through the agency of state and international institutions

conclusion: global era is somewhere between realist view and liberal view
We have never had as many democracies as we do today: perhaps this is a new aspect to the global era; however, the process still stems from the same Western dominant trend
Global governance: each state must now give sovereignty to institutions, and in doing so they must give up some of their cultures/practices
Realism: Globalisation is not new
Liberalism: globalisation is a new way of thinking about sovereignty, EU is a good demonstration
What is actually 'new' about globalisation, or is just more of the same?
o By 'new', there must be an absence of precedence.
o Distinction between quantitative and qualitative change: globalisation theorists are looking at connectedness, at the most basic level, and the world has always been connected. We want a qualitative change in the degree/level of connectedness.
o Perhaps if there is enough quantitative changes, they become qualitative? However,
this idea is hard to quantify
Scholte's 5 elements:
o Internationalization: growth in exchange and interdependence

Liberalization: process of removing government imposed restriction to create borderless world

Universalisation: worldwide spreading of objects and experiences
Can be combined with - Westernization: social structures of modernity eg.
Capitalism, bureacratism, developed within the context of neo-colonialism

Institutionalisation: Institutions are created above the state, ranging from the EU to the IMF. Never in the past have there been so many institutions of this kind sitting above states and which therefore impact state primacy and autonomy

Deterritorialization: reconfiguration of geography, social space no longer completely defined by territorial place - this is what is new about a global era
Globalisation creates winners and losers:
o It has a direction of travel - at the moment, this is generating more inequality

A truly 'global era' must be separated from Western, economic and cultural interests

World is richer in absolute terms, but never has it been more unequal in terms of the distribution of this wealth

Globalisation favours those who are already strong, within developed/developing states it aggravates existing disparities. Parts of the world/individual economies are completely cut off from the dynamic economy - this isn't a coincidence, you need disparity for the system to operate

Ramifications of globalisation: population movements, refugees, drug trafficking, IS's use of social media
Production with globalisation

Dominated by transnational corporations

Rise of global division of labour = new technological phenomena like low cost container shipping

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