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Transnational Corporations ANTHRO

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Brianna Lee

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Transnational Corporations ANTHRO

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Definition What's the Issue? Looks like a sociological issue to me... Global Transnational Corporations Global Transnational Corporations Threatens local markets

Impact traditional and cultural views

Violate workers' human rights

Poor work environment Good Ol' Marx 'Class Conflict'
10% of pop. owns 90 % of wealth (TNC)
90% of pop. owns 10% of wealth (Citizens)
Economical changes (education, improve roads, provide technology) as corporation gains money from exploiting people
Completely take over local markets
People begin to realize they are tired of old systems; ready for change
Division forms between people who want the transnational corporations and those who do not
Products become societal norm; seen as deviant if you don't want them
Products integrated into their lives; unaware of exploitation Change within society as they begin to purchase products
Macrosociological change
Workers in society have NO choice but to accept change
Social interactions between the TNC and the consumers
Become dominant change in society
Influence change to physical and social environment When we think about transnational corporations we tend to only think of the American ones...(e.g., McDonald's, Nike, Pepsi)
Canada has a total of 1565 transnational corporations in the country; 4708 members of foreign corporations within Canada Canada has come into scrutiny for their economical, political, social and cultural impact on its host countries.
Underdeveloped countries complain they had to trade their political independence for economic and cultural dependence.
Their human rights as workers pushed aside
Could not fight back because their independent rights were taken away
HOWEVER.... Canadians are NOT affected! (much)
Mainly because Canadians do not have to rely on the jobs of transnational corporations
They do not have to give up their independence or their rights; do not have to work long hours in horrible working conditions for a low wage
Canadians purchase products and integrate them in their daily lives; increasing the exploitation of workers
Canadians accept different cultural and social backgrounds; it is the 'norm' in society
Canadians make it their own by 'westernizing' it TNCs depend largely on their youth market in developing countries for profit
Main reason: They can be easily manipulated with the 'image' the product creates
They have not yet formed a firm opinion on certain aspects in life; are able to adapt to different forms of change
If the products carry global popularity (media) adolescents may be more interested to accept the change TNCs drawing in the adolescents with their products; ready to use them to their advantage
Skewing their minds away from their culture/traditions by 'westernizing' them
Bringing them into the horrible labour conditions; paying them little to nothing
Younger adolescents have NO say whatsoever
From the beginning have not formed an opinion about themselves but is already too late as they are stuck working for the rest of their lives to make those 'same' products We SHOULD care because adolescents in developing countries are brought into workforce, enduring the worst of the worst because they have no voice against the BIG corporations
They are left emotionally, socially, mentally and physically damaged
Corporations are only doing this so they can save and make MONEY! Why the heck should you care? What is being done about the issue? Global scale? MAIN ISSUE: Transnational corporations are not properly and heavily punished for their harsh crimes.
Varies times TNCs are guilty of committing crimes but several times are overlooked; use their position of power to avoid negative publicity and serious consequences
Primary reason they keep close relationships with the government and the media
When public becomes aware of the of what they are doing, the developing country try to impose their own human rights and environmental legislation onto them thinking the company will have no other choice but to go with it
TNC just decides to move to another country where the rules are not so strict MAIN ISSUE: Transnational corporations are not properly and heavily punished for their harsh crimes.
Varies times TNCs are guilty of committing crimes but several times are overlooked; use their position of power to avoid negative publicity and serious consequences
Prime reason: Keep close relationships with the government and the media
When public becomes aware of what they are doing the developing country try to impose their own human rights and environmental legislation onto them thinking the company will go along with it
TNC just decides to move to another country where the rules are not so strict Even organizations like the World Trade Organization (WTO)fall through on their claims to promote peace, the reduce of inequality among countries, stimulate economic growth and encourage a good, safe working environment. People from all over the world are protesting to speak out against transnational corporations exploited those people in developing countries
However at the same time, it is still happening as long as we in the Western world purchase goods being made from TNCs that use those countries to make their products
Those in developing countries have to deal with way more hardships than we do
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