Globalization is a part of everyone`s life in both a large and a small way. Globalization is the process of which there is a shift towards an interdependent and integrated world economy. Through the vast expansion of cheaper transportation, telecommunication, technologies, globalization has created a homogenous network for everyone to compete in. However, sometimes competition has not always served the interest of the local community and the market. In the short videos displayed in “Travels of a T-shirt in a Global Economy”, the main character was a part of the globalized economy by selling clothes to his community in Zambia. What once maybe considered something for charity, is an international competition for merchandising and sales in the clothes industry. However, Zambia would be considered a 3rd world country, as most of its residents can not afford basic necessities and only make about several dollars per hour. That is why, the main character wanted to get into the industry in order to support his family. However, the act of selling this clothes do more harm than good because it creates a bigger diverge of social classes in Zambia leaving the poor more destitute. Globalization does contribute to Zambia`s overall rise in all entrepreneurs, but it also disrupts the cultural differences in this country. As the people begin to wear a lot of the hammy downs of donated clothes from the salvation army, many of the morals of the people led to that belonging in this global market would help them. Although specifically, globalization is not to blame there are many “tricksters” in the community that could have a bad influence for the people of Zambia. This is because only commercial dealers are the one who profits the most out of this business, but media makes it credible that anyone can succeed with hard work and persistence.
Kevin Robbins writes about the positives and negatives of Globalization. In term of culture and identity, there are more negatives than positives. Robbins describes that globalization can leave some people left out because they are not a part of the main contribution of globalization. There are two ends of the spectrums to globalization “At one end of the spectrum, she argues, (Doreen Massey), there are those that are “at the forefront” of what is going on: ‘the jetsetters, the ones sending and receiving the faxes and the email… and at the other are the ones who are out of control” Massey then goes on to talk about how the immigrants who are trying to have a better life are integrated into America with more ease than those who are from India, Pakistan, or other further countries. The main point of her argument is that depending on who a person is, and their position in the global community they could be accepted or rejected. Globalization is something that affects us all, our behaviors towards others, and ourselves.
As students, we ourselves have a huge part in the globalization part of the world. We indulge in the global economy, while also transforming our own cultural ways of life. Most underdeveloped countries can now become a more developed country because they have participated in the global market. We buy the products that are often made in these countries like China, India, Brazil. Yet they may get in the way of how we interpret our rites of passage in the world. Young students may want to indulge in the luxuries of assimilating to American culture than sharing in their transitions with their roots. We start to loose our connection to traditional ceremonies like the one we saw in our class where the young native American girl was transforming into a woman. While many Native Americans and Latin Americans and other cultures still dedicate certain days to traditional ceremonies, globalization has given us the option to escape to a more popular connotation of how we experience a culture.
Below is a picture of what I think Globalization represents for the positive sides because sometimes we blend instead of standing out. Now, we can communicate with other countries so closely together. Even though our world may look more homogenous in the sense that girls in Taiwan may wear some trendy fashions from the U.S., we still have access to each other. Technology has expanded what it means to be a global community.