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And its Impact on Education

Dr John Martino


Victoria University

  • Globalisation may be thought of initially as the widening, deepening and speeding up of worldwide interconnectedness in all aspects of contemporary social life, from the cultural to the criminal, the financial to the spiritual (Held et al. 1999:2; emphasis added).
    • Held, D. et al. 1999, Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture, Polity, Cambridge.
alternative views
Alternative Views
  • For some observers, globalisation is a process of fundamental transformation, leading humanity into a new epoch, which coincides with the start of the third millennium.
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Alternative Views
  • For others globalisation is much more limited, referring mainly to issues of trade and investment, and containing little which is qualitatively new.
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Alternative Views
  • For some, globalisation offers huge opportunities for economic growth and improved living standards.
  • Other commentators argue that globalisation erodes the autonomy of the nation-state, removing its ability to protect its citizens by means of economic management and welfare policies.
held provides a more precise definition of globalisation as
Held provides a more precise definition of globalisation as:
  • A process (or set of processes) which embodies a transformation in the spatial organisation of social relations and transactions assessed in terms of their extensity, intensity, velocity and impact generating transcontinental or interregional flows and networks of activity, interaction, and the exercise of power (Held et al. 1999:16).
approaches to globalisation
Approaches to Globalisation
  • Approaches to globalisation can be roughly divided into three broad categories:
    • hyperglobalisers,
    • sceptics and
    • transformationalists.
  • Positive hyperglobalisers see the new centruy as opening up opportunities to become interconnected at a world scale.
  • This view emphasises an ever-increasing cross-border flows of capital, commodities, people and ideas are a defining factor of the new age.
  • The World Bank & other international agencies are hyperglobalisers
  • Negative hyperglobalist views can be found in the critical and neo-marxist literature. In the recent bestseller, The Global Trap, the starting point is the explosion of global media, and the burgeoning of global mobility.
negative hyperglobalist view
Negative Hyperglobalist View
  • Globalisation is the mechanism for the rule of international investors and transnational corporations, who can no longer be controlled by ever-weaker nation-states.
  • Trade unions and welfare systems are collapsing. Unemployment and social exclusion are burgeoning, while uncontrolled growth is leading to life-threatening environmental degradation.
  • Thus globalisation can lead to social fragmentation, cultural uncertainty, conflict and violence.
the sceptics
The Sceptics
  • Focus mainly on the economic aspects of globalisation
  • They acknowledge the high levels of cross-border flows of trade, investment and labour, but argue that there is nothing new about this international economic integration in the period preceding the First World War was comparable with current levels.
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The Sceptics
  • The sceptics also argue that the role of the nation-state remains as strong as ever. This applies especially to the USA, Japan and Western Europe, which are now at the centre of the three dominant economic blocs: the European Union (EU), the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) and the more loosely-integrated East Asian region.
  • Argue that globalisation is the central driving force behind the major economic, cultural, social and political changes that are affecting virtually all the worldユs people today. Globalisation is seen as the overall consequence of closely interlinked processes of change in the areas of technology, economic activity, governance, communication and so on.
  • Developments in all these areas are mutually reinforcing orreflexive, so that no clear distinction can be drawn between cause and effect.Transformationalists regard contemporary patterns of cross-border flows (of trade, investment, migrants, cultural artefacts, environmental factors, etc.) as without historical precedent.
  • Such flows integrate virtually all countries into a larger global system, and thus bring about major social transformations at all levels.