Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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Revised pre-midterm schedule

March 2nd, 2011 · No Comments
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Below is the schedule/content leading up to the March 15th midterm.  I decided to take out a reading (Stiglitz, Ch. 24) and push it forward.  That leaves us with extra time to go over the material.  Since that Hannerz was a handful, I want to review the key ideas and (competently) present some examples next class, as well as give you a chance to discuss the ideas in smaller groups.  This should be helpful in conceptualizing your essays.  I’ll talk about the US-based band, Vampire Weekend, and cultural “sampling”/appropriation and authenticity.  Time permitting, we’ll turn to global commodity chains (Ch. 18) and begin the Economic Globalization section — though it will be obvious that “culture” plays a critical role in the design and marketing of consumer products.  I’ll bring a handout with a list of definitions of key economic terms.

March 3 – Economic Globalization

Introduction, pp. 159-162.

Ch. 18, “Commodity Chains and Marketing Strategies: Nike and the Global Athletic Footwear Industry,” (Miguel Korzeniewicz) pp. 163-172.

Recommended (audio-stream): “The World in a T-Shirt,” Special Series, All Things Considered, NPR, 4/28/2005.

March 8

Ch. 20, “Incensed about Inequality,” (Martin Wolf) pp. 183-189.

* Video: “Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats,” BBC Four, 11/26/2010. [in-class]

Recommended (video-stream): “Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty and life around the world,” TEDTalks, March 2007. (21 min)

March 10

Ch. 21, “Is Globalization Reducing Poverty and Inequality?,” (Robert H. Wade) pp. 183-189.

Recommended (video-stream): “Joseph Stiglitz – Problems with GDP as an Economic Barometer,” Asia Society, 2/2/2008.

March 15 – Midterm exam

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