FIVE (5) Page essay. for this paper you have to READUmair MuhammadadConfronting Injustice
Where you will Beintegrating into it a 3 page (or more if you like) discussion of the Confronting Injustice book. The questions you want to explore in discussing this book are: How reading this book helps bring together everything we saw in the course and how it helps us in the matters of where do we go from here? how do we engage with the world’s peoples in their manifold struggles of resistance and emancipation?
Report on Website: This assignment out of class will be to explore the websites for various Global Justice Movement organizations. You should explore at leastfiveglobal justice movement websites from the list below:
50 Years is Enough! Campaign http://www.50years.org/
The Global Exchangehttp://www.globalexchange.org/
The Maquila Solidarity Networkhttp://www.maquilasolidarity.org/
International Forum on Globalization http://www.ifg.org/
Focus on the Global South: http://www.focusweb.org/
Center for Research on Globalization:http://globalresearch.ca/
Institute for Policy Studies:http://www.ips-dc.org/
Rainforest Action Network:http://www.ran.org/
Action for Solidarity Equality Environment and Development (A SEED)http://www.aseed.net/
Food First (Institute for Food and Development Policy)http://www.foodfirst.org/
Friends of the Earth Internationalhttp://www.foei.org/
World War 4 Reporthttp://ww4report.com/dailyreportorhttp://countervortex.org/about
Human Rights Campaign (LGBTQ rights worldwide):http://www.hrc.org/
Information Clearning Househttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/
Global Womens Strike:http://www.globalwomenstrike.net
Los Despojados (most entries are in English):http://losdespojados.tumblr.com/
For this assignment you will need to spend a number of hours on the web exploring these websites reading some of the articles and commentaries and gaining an understanding of some of the popular literature and features on the web that have to do with the theme of globalization and resistance. Then you will write up a report between 5-8 pages approximately on your experience and your analysis of the exercise. This report will be due the last day of class. It should be a wide-ranging analytical discussion. You should draw on course readings lectures and other materials to analyze the content of these web sites relating that content to the course and what you have learned. Demonstrate your analytical prowess and ability to apply what you have learned in the course.Please be prepared as well to discuss in class your experience.
This assignment will also need to integrate MuhammadadsConfronting Injusticeinto your analysis. Details to be further discussed in class.
What the class was about?
Globalization it is widely recognized is profoundly remaking social structure and transforming the lives of people in every corner of the planet. Our personal biographies are linked to increasingly dense networks of global interrelations as the integration of societies economies and cultures fundamentally transforms human life. The concept of globalization is contested meaning that there are different and competing understandings of what the term means and how to assess the process. Here are three distinct approaches:
Globalization as a concept refers both to the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a wholeboth concrete global interdependence and consciousness of the global whole in the twentieth century
— Roland RobertsonGlobalization
[Under Globalization] we participate in a more radical and profound commonality than has ever been experienced in the history of capitalism. The fact is that we participate in a productive world made up of communication and social networks interactive services and common languages.
— Michael Hardt and Antonio NegriEmpire
In theoretical terms globalization can essentially be seen as the near-culmination of a centuries-long process of the spread of capitalist production around the world and its displacement of all precapitalist relations bring about a new form of connection between all human beings around the world.
— William I. RobinsonA Theory of Globalization Capitalism
While the summits of power in global society applaud the process it has generated rising opposition and often militant fight-backs around the world in part because as the empirical evidence demonstrates it is resulting in a concentration of wealth among elites and high consumption sectors escalating inequalities new hardships the disempowerment and even destruction of whole communities and peoples alienation ecological destruction and all sorts of social conflicts including wars. It is impossible to understand the numerous political and military conflicts and cultural clashes around the world in the early 21stcentury without understanding globalization and its consequences.
With this in mind this course has a dual focus. One is to examine the process of globalization from a social scientific point of view with special emphasis on the rise of a global economy. The other is to explore some of the diverse forms of resistance that globalization has generated among the outcast exploited and marginalized communities working classes indigenous women and others who suffer the effects of increasing hardships inequalities and insecurities.
This course will require hard work and will also be an eye-opener for those willing to work hard and tothink critically. The course attempts to help students develop the critical thinking analytical skills and the historical perspective necessary to examine your own deeply held assumptions regarding the social world and to apply sociological inquiry in an attempt to provide explanations for these phenomena.