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ANTH1003 Introduction 2014
Transcript of ANTH1003 Introduction 2014
Global and Local
in the local
in the global
the texture of everyday experience
So what is globalisation?
More about the course
teaching and learning in anth1003
linking up to
An Introduction to the Anthropology of Globalisation
So what is globalisation anyway?
and how could you study it anthropologically?
Glad you asked. What comes to mind
when we hear the word globalisation?
a hyperconnected world in which few places are truly remote or culturally 'pure' any more
accessibilty and ease of travel
a single system of capitalist consumption
>diminishing cultural difference and uniqueness
a bland world?
so perhaps culture contact doesn't inevitably make the world a blander place?!
1) ethnoscapes, the landscape of persons who constitute the shifting world in which people live,
2) technoscapes, the global configuration of technologies moving at high speeds across previously impermeable borders,
3) financescapes, the global grid of currency speculation and capital transfer,
4) mediascapes, the distribution of the capabilities to produce and disseminate information and the large complex repertoire of images and narratives generated by these capabilities, and
5) ideoscapes, ideologies of states and counter-ideologies of movements, around which nation-states have organized their political cultures.
Arjun Appadurai's 'scapes'
Arjun Appadurai, 1991 Global ethnoscapes: notes and queries for a transnational anthropology. In Recapturing anthropology. Working in the present. Richard G. Fox, ed. Pp. 191-210. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.
disembedding: all manners through which social life becomes abstracted from its local, spatially ﬁxed context
acceleration: > speed of transport and communications
standardisation: cultural, political, economic homogenisation
interconnectedness: mutual dependence and opportunities (e.g. financial)
movement: migration and mobility
mixing: culture contact and hybridisation
vulnerability: weakening of boundaries; shared environment
re-embedding: responses to global abstraction
Eriksen, T.H., 2007. Globalization: The Key Concepts, Berg Publishers. pp 8-9
Eriksen's Key Processes
Protests by Vietnamese Australian Refugees against Charming Vietnam Gala, a touring show from Vietnam
images: Ashley Carruthers
Arjun Appadurai stresses that globalizing and localizing processes, or "global homogenization" and "heterogenization" feed and reinforce each other rather than being mutually exclusive, and he calls for more anthropological studies on the "production of locality"
How can Anthropology study the global?
an ethnographic engagement with the 'local'
awareness of how local places and meanings are produced in spatially extensive ways
following people, ideas, commodities etc
bottom up perspective
grasping and translating
on the ground experiences
studying people, places, systems, flows
staying focused on culture in a hyper-complex context
tute enrolment will go live Wed Feb 18 9am
in the local
or ... the "ground zero"
Statue Square Hong Kong
Contesting racist stereotypes about Filipinas
private space in public
ANTH1003 at a Glance
Lecture 1 Feb 18 Introduction to the course
[Lecture 1a Feb 20 Nothing first week]
Lecture 2 Feb 25 Cultural Globalisation: From McDonaldisation to Glocalisation
Lecture 2a Feb 27 Film screening; forum discussion
Lecture 3 Mar 4 Exotic Tourism
Lecture 3a Mar 6 Further examples; Auto-ethnography; Doing research
Lecture 4 Mar 11 Dark Tourism
Lecture 4b Mar 13 Chance for students to present Reflection case studies/audio-visual materials around these
Reflection Due Mar 17. Upload to Wattle by Midnight!
Lecture 5 Mar 18 The Global Factory
Lecture 5b Mar 20 Film screening; forum discussion
Lecture 6 Mar 25 Consumer Activism: Fairtrade and ethical consumption
Lecture 6b Mar 27 Further examples; discussion of commodity fetishism; advice on doing the consumption case study assessment piece
Lecture 7 Apr 1 Development and Mobility
Lecture 7a Apr 3 Film screening; forum discussion
Consumption Case Study due April 7. Upload to Wattle by midnight
Lecture 8 Apr 22 New Social MEDIA and WEB 2.0
Lecture 8a Apr 24 Further examples; guided tour of some online communities (chance for students to present their online worlds)
Lecture 9 Apr 29 Faith across Borders
Lecture 9a May 1 Film screening; forum discussion
Lecture 10 May 6 Mobility and Equality in the Global City
Lecture 10a further examples; Essay research and writing
Lecture 11 May 13 Rebel Cities: Globalization, Resistance, Revolution
Lecture 11a May 15 Film screening; forum discussion
Lecture 12 May 20 Transnational Lives
Lecture 12a May 22 Chance for students to present on essay topics; Student conclusions about and feedback on the course
Essay Due June 2. Upload to Wattle by Midnight!
Tuesday 2-4 CORE lecture
Thursday 2-4 SUPPLEMENTARY
key case studies
further case studies
documentaries and other visual materials
further explanation of assessment
study and research skills
student presentations (voluntary)
debates and discussions
Tues 10. 11, 12 G19
Wed 10, 11, 12 G28
Thurs 10, 11, 12 G28
close discussion of readings
Q&A about lecture concepts/case studies
small group presentations
space & mobility
Tues, Wed and Thurs 10, 11, 12pm