Globalization has become a fashionable concept these days, and it is on everybody’s lips. But what does globalization mean? Is it a one-way “Westernization”, much more “Americanization” or some thing entirely different? Is it new? In what way it is it related to “development” promoted by every nation-state in the world? This course is designed to explore such questions through a diverse body of literature produced by anthropologists and other scholars. Taking examples from a wide variety of sites – some we will visit during our voyage – we will examine development both as a global discourse and in specific locations as it is translated into projects, practices and organizations.
Field WorkCountry: Japan
Day: 2 - Thursday, 28 January
During our field lab we will spend a day in the city of Kobe to find out in what way the globalized notion of time and space have impacted Japanese society. In order to explore that some proposed sites to visit include a market, trading stores, a hospital, a school and/or a museum to see the impact of globalization on Japan as a nation state.
Globalization involves movement of people, money, ideas, technology, cultural performances from one part of the world to another, resulting in rearranging time and space. Students will establish connections between local and global flows of knowledge through seeing architecture, art, market and preferably a museum.