HS 496: Globalization: A Sociological Perspective

1. Genealogy of the concept: The different connotations of the term � as an economic and cultural fact, as an ideology, as a symbol of unequal power relationships, etc. 

2. A brief history of the growth of Capitalism and the advent of Globalization from late 1970s:Stages in the growth of capitalism�mercantile capitalism, competitive industrial capitalism and monopoly capitalism. The economic crises in the developed nations (in the late 1970s). The transition from the Fordist system of mass production to the system of flexible  accumulation. The main features of the Post-Fordist growth process. 

3. The concept of �Network society�: Manuel Castells� description of a network society: The Information Technology revolution of 1970s, relation between information technology and globalization, the Network enterprise, the culture of real virtuality, the concept of �space of flows� and �timeless time�. 

4. The cultural dimensions of Globalization: Arjun Appadurai�s description of the five dimensions of global flow. Baudrillard�s and Featherstone�s description of postmodern consumer culture. Emergence of ideologies like multiculturalism, hybridization. 

5. Impact of Globalization on the third world: The economic, social, political and cultural impact of globalization on Third World countries.        

Texts/References

Castells, Manuel.  The Rise of the Network Society, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.   

Appadurai, Arjun.  Modernity at Large : Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation, Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press, 1997.   

Ashley, David.  History without a subject, Oxford : Westview Press, 1997.   

Robertson, Ronald.  Globalization: Social theory and global culture, London: Sage, 1992.   

Mittelman, James (Ed).  Globalization: Critical reflections, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Reinner publishers Ltd., 1997.   

Scott, A. (ed.).  The limits of Globalization, London: Routledge, 1997.