The World Is Becoming A Smaller Place

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Globalism “The world is becoming a smaller place.” The first time I heard that phrase growing up, I was sure the person was referring to the actual physical shrinking of our planet. As I grew older I was able to understand that this wasn’t a literal statement, but even then, it wasn’t until I was much older that I could begin to grasp the concept that this person was attempting to convey. The expansion of globalism in the past century has truly transformed the world truly into a much smaller place. What does “globalization” mean and how is the concept important to our understanding of a shrinking world? In his book, Global Transformations, Professor David Held delves beyond the basic expansion of interconnectedness one thinks of when discussing globalization, and refers to it as a continuum. “At one end of the continuum lie social and economic relations and networks which are organized on a local and/or national basis; at the other end lie social and economic relations and networks which crystallize on the wider scale of regional and global interactions,” (Held, 15). According to Held, this is a process of change where the organization of human activity expands across regions and the world (Held, 15). The spectrum between local nationalism and globalization is analyzed on a smaller scale by how it impacts soccer in Frank Foer’s book, How Soccer Explains the World. What was traditionally a sport where fielded teams were comprised of players of local or national origin, globalization had transformed soccer into something where, “Everywhere you look, it suddenly seemed, national borders and national identities had been swept into the dustbin of soccer history,” (Judge, 2). Globalization had allowed soccer teams to pick up the best p... ... middle of paper ... ...itions, and deprives indigenous proletariats and peasants of the things they love most,” (96). Globalization by the very definition of the word itself includes a large number of people, cultures and countries. It is often difficult to analyze all the factors and events involved with each one as these organizations of people move along the continuum of globalization. In trying to explain such a large phenomenon, it is often easier to look at a smaller subset of information and use that as a basis to create hypothesis. Foer’s attempt at this process was How Soccer Explains the World. Although it doesn’t explain the entirety of the changes in the past century, it does allow us to examine how globalization has impacted soccer and allows us to draw broader inferences from there. One thing made very clear by Foer’s work is, the world is definitely becoming a smaller place.
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