Losers and Winners of Globalization

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'Despite the views of many optimists, there are clearly losers as well as winners from the process of globalization.' The statement at the head of the page assumes that Globalization creates both winners and losers. This is a view shared by many, but not all, theorists and commentators. There are many trends of thought regarding exactly who the winners and losers may be as well as what may be considered a prize or a punishment (e.g. some may sight the availability of McDonalds fast food throughout France an enrichment and some may see it as an unwelcome and unsavoury invasion.) Comparison between these opinions paints an interesting picture of what Globalization is, what certain parties want it to be seen as and what kind of world it could create. Anthony Giddens says "Globalization, some argue, creates a world of winners and losers, a few on the fast track to prosperity, the majority condemned to a life of misery and despair." This is a view shared by many theorists, however positive Globalists (perhaps naively) claim Globalization will lead to winnings for all and extreme pessimists exist who see 'Globalization' as the path to mass ruin and exploitation and as a vague buzzword umbrella from under which Governments may defend unjast or unpopular policies. The other query I would raise when initially evaluating the statement is what exactly we mean by a 'process of Globalization' and does it mean the same thing to different people? The statement assumes there I a defined and universally accepted reading of the term and yet there are many differing views as to what 'Globalization' entails. 'Globalization' is a process said to a... ... middle of paper ... ...e less developed world while maintaining the flow of their own countries goods across the world. Economically these parties are winners, however with less work being fielded towards the more expensive workforce of their own countries these Government's and companies could be accused of shooting themselves in the foot as the economy of their own countries will suffer due to more unemployment. Workers in less developed countries could be seen as winning as, although mainly gutter-level, sweat shop jobs, the new employment opportunities offered by Western companies are still 'better than nothing' in the long run however, the long hours in terrible conditions plays havoc on the workers health and keeps them in a position of poor pay with no time to look for another job and no opportunities outside of the sweat shops.
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