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Globalization is creating rapid and worldwide changes in communication, politics, and patterns of human migration

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Globalization Supporting Comparative Advantage in Economies Globalization is a process fueled by, and resulting in, increasing cross-border flows of goods, services, money, people, information, and culture (Held et al. 1999:16). Stephen Kobrin (1997:147-148) describes globalization as driven not by foreign trade and investment but by increasing technological scale and information flows. Sometimes it appears loosely associated with neo-liberalism and with technocratic solutions to economic development and reform (Evans 1997). But the term is also linked to cross-border advocacy networks and organizations defending human rights, the environment, women's rights and world peace (Sikkink 1998). The environmental movement, in particular, has raised the banner of globalism in its struggle for a clean planet, as in its "Think Global, Act Local" slogan. Thus, globalization is often constructed as an impersonal and inevitable force in order to justify certain policies or behaviors. Globalization," has been defined in a variety of alternative ways including: An economic orientation of globalization being "the growing economic interdependence of countries worldwide through the increasing volume and variety of cross-border transactions in goods and services and of international capital flows, and also through the more rapid and widespread diffusion of technology." (World Economic Outlook 1997) ...read more.

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If I were traveling to a country that I have never been to before, I would want to know as much as I could about that country paying close attention to how that country is similar to the United States. For colleagues that chose to study abroad, this would come of great use to them because it gives them some type of understanding of how other countries are similar and differ from the United States. It would create some type of indication to them of what to expect before they were to actually leave and give them an idea of the country's cultural ways. One could argue that globalization begins with the dawn of history. The literature, however, has tended to date the start of globalization more recently in the experience of the West. At one end of the spectrum, historians have noted the importance of the first go around of the Earth in 1519-21 (Mazlish 1993). World-system theorists maintain that the expansion of European capitalism in the 16th century marks the start of globalization (Wallerstein 1974). Some economic historians point to the turn of the century as the peak of international trade and investment before the shake of World War I and the Great Depression threw the world into spiraling protectionism (Williamson 1996). ...read more.

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and the World Bank, organizations seen by some as the enforcers of the "rules of globalization" and the rights of MNCs to the detriment of ordinary people. This loosely coordinated group of protesters has created a high profile by attempting to disrupt (with some success) WTO and World Bank meetings over the past year. The same information technology that facilitates global commerce makes it easy for anti-globalization forces to mobilize their followers. In conclusion, globalization is becoming a way of life. The more knowledge that is passed and exchanged between two countries, the better off both countries will be. However, what I am expressing, is that the more you share or adapt to another country's way of living, the greater the chance for both country's to change their perception and how they live. Sharing and exchanging views, on how we live to other countries are what binds people of the world together. The more you understand the cultural ways of other countries, the better the bond you have with that country. Globalization is not primarily intended to change the cultural ways o how a country functions. Instead, it shows new ideas that a country might be interested in looking into to make better their own way of life. Globalization by itself is morally neutral. It can be good or bad, depending on the kind of content we give to it. ...read more.

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