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By Sarah Lane
May 29, 2004, 12:45


Topic: Globalization

ClassBrain Visitor:

"Globalisation has been described as a neo-imperialist instrument in exploiting south (Africa)". How true is this statement?

ClassBrain Response:

First and foremost you must decide on a solid definition for "Globalization." In this you must decide whether it's a positive or negative idea. This will be difficult considering that globalization is an extremely complex subject.

Here's an interesting site that considers "Globalization" to be World Exploitation.

This site recognizes the pros and cons, but challenges you to explore the idea of "Globalization" without preconceived notions.

As you can see, the use of the word "globalization" tends to be extremely subjective.

The most common definition of "Neo (New) -Imperialist" is "the policy, practice or advocacy of extending the power of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas."

Now, is the term “neo-imperialist as an instrument” a fitting definition of what constitutes globalization? Even without bringing Africa into the equation, it's hard to say. You could write an entire book on this subject but considering my earlier point of the subjectiveness of the term "Globalization", you still might not prove it to be "true" or "false".

You would have to explore the subject of the exploitation of South Africa, then apply that knowledge to the definition of a neo-imperialist instrument as used in the above context, and then refer back to the term globalization (or rather your interpretation of the word globalization) for complete verification.

My suggestion to you would be to research the topic in-depth before deciding on an answer. This question cannot be answered in a simplified manner.

Resources to Consider:

There is an excellent set of papers about Globalization and Indigenous Culture.

There is an online book called "The Urban Challenge in Africa: Growth and Management of its Large Cities" that will help you in your research for South Africa. Scroll down the page to reach the contents.

This article explains the current struggle for "Development and Peace in South Africa.”

Hopefully this will give you a head start on researching this vast subject and the insight to thoroughly develop your opinion.

Learn more about globalization with the help of Google

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