Economic and Political Globalization
The purpose of this response is for you to try and relate the ideas introduced in Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 with your own lived experience. The statement I would like you to respond to is this: “identify at least one way in which forces of economic and/or political globalization have materialized in your home town/city”*
*= feel free to choose a city that you didn’t grow up in, but you know well for other reasons
How does globalization actually appear in people’s lives? Think about where you grew up. Did a factory close down, changing the economic basis of the city. Can you link that to globalization? Did increasing global connectivity enable you to expand your knowledge of the world, or (especially) your feeling of rightfully belonging in it? Are decisions made far beyond the boundaries of your chosen city transforming it? Has the city you lived in been able to take advantage of the forces of globalization, or has it generally been negatively affected by them? Have locally owned stores increasingly been replaced with large corporations? These are just some ways in which you might try to address this question. How have people responded to issues caused by globalization?
There are five points available for this assignment. I therefore anticipate between 3-4 paragraphs in response. Introduce your city, then explore how globalization affects it. If you can think of more than one example, you should mention them. I expect you to use the reading as a springboard for thinking through your own experiences growing up, and how they have been affected by forces of globalization.
Please choose New York City though I didn’t grow up there.