Globalization Is Destroying the World

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Sociological Roots The creation of globalization isn’t new. It has been around as long as humanity has been mobile. In the most recent decades has the theory of globalization really started to gain traction. With the new modes of information transfer and logistical efficiency did globalization take off at an exponential rate. The increase and effects of globalization, whether good or bad, was brought to the public’s attention. This essay seeks to explore globalization in its various forms through critical analysis, and summarize with this author’s personal ideals. Firstly, what is globalization? It is the spread and practical use of traditions whether that is political, economical, or cultural. They may be a copy of other regional attributes or a mix that is referred to as hybridity. In the public imagination it seems that only the political and economical effects are felt first and the hardest, at least in America. I say this because of the loss of industrial jobs, and because of favorable policy to foreign nations have been noticeable in the last couple decades, such as seen from the effects of NAFTA. Globalization in its self isn’t a theory, but an actuality and it is sometimes referred to as modernization. The theory is rather an analysis of what is, and wants to better understand it so that the knowledge gained can be used in guidance for the betterment of humanity. Being global rose from the spread and concern for the effects, and has roots in the modernization theory. Though this theory is relatively young, it has several core theorists such as Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman and George Ritzer among many others (Ritzer 2008). For this essay I will analyze Immanuel Wallerstein and Roland Robertso... ... middle of paper ... ...Branches (4th ed., pp. 528-537). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Risen, J. (2010, June 10). U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan. In The New York Times: Asia Pacific. Retrieved April 15, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?_r=2 Ritzer, G. (2008). Modern Sociological Theory. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Wallerstein, I. (1974). The Rise and Future Demise of the World-Capitalist System: Concepts for Comparative Analysis. Comparative Studies in Society and History 16: 387-415. Wallerstein, I. (2011). The Three Instances of Hegemony in the History of the Capitalist World Economy. In P. Kivisto (Ed.),Social Theory: Roots and Branches (4th ed., pp. 521-527). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Wilk, R. (2006). Home Cooking in the Global Village: Caribbean Food From Buccaneers to Ecotourists. New York, NY: Berg.
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