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- The “reshaping of local conditions by powerful global forces on an ever-intensifying scale” (Schultz et al. 2015, 320)
- People, places, things increasingly connected in a world by technologies, consumer products, cultural interaction and exchange
- But exchange itself is not new, but rather speed and complexity of the range of cultural elements now involved


Views of political economy

- Political economy as “social structure organized around material (economic) interests, in which interests are protected and enhanced through the use of power (politics)” (Schultz et al. 2015, 56)
- 1945-1991: Modernization theory
- Late 1980s – present: Dependency theory
(now repackaged as neoliberalism)
- Also world systems theory


Modernization theory

A theory that argues that the social change occurring in non-Western societies under colonial rule was a necessary and inevitable prelude to higher levels of social development that had been reached by the more "modern" naitons


Dependency theory

A theory that argues that the success of "independent" capitalist nations has required the failure of "dependent" colonies or nations whose economies have been distorted to serve the needs of dominant capitalist outsiders.



Reshaping of local conditions by powerful global forces on ever-intensifying scale.


Migration and globalization

- In 19th C, capitalism saw migration of people who settled into new communities (assimilation)
- But now increased speed and volume of migration due to desperate political situations and ease of transportation
- But may be fewer economic opportunities for them once they arrive


Examples of migration and globalization

- Kori Allan’s research on Canada’s recruitment of skilled immigrants who cannot find work in their fields
- Temporary foreign workers coming to Canada from Caribbean countries and Mexico, but not being allowed to make claims to citizenship
- Migrant workers in the U.S. not ever gaining “legal” status – paying into social security even though never drawing on it



- Shared identity of displaced peoples who are spread out over the world (e.g. Jewish diaspora)
- Particular relationships develop with people when they are geographically separated and distanced from the nation
E.g. Aihwa Ong’s work on “flexible citizenship” among Chinese business elite


Anthropological perspective on human rights

- There is no “one size fits all” model that will work for all cases
- 2 main approaches for relating rights to culture
human rights are opposed to culture
culture is a human right
- Anthropologists see “human rights culture” as a type of culture emphasizing particular ideas about human beings, reifying the law as a means of determining and enforcing rights


Child prostitution in Thailand

- Children are expected to work to fulfill duty to support the family
- Found that could make much more money as prostitutes than by begging
- Recruited by neighbours, friends, not encouraged directly by mothers
- Children did not feel exploited. Some clients continued to support them ($) even upon returning to their home countries


Rights in the context of multiculturalism

- Living permanently in settings surrounded by people with cultural backgrounds different from your own and struggling to define the degree to which the cultural beliefs and practices of different groups should or should not be accorded respect and recognition by the wider society
- Canadian examples:
Sikhs carrying the kirpan
Muslim woman wearing the hijab in court


Cultures in contact

- Ideas of cultural imperialism, hybridization, cosmopolitanism
- Anthropologists recognize that most cultures borrow from others and indigenize aspects of it (making it fit local context) (e.g. Otavalan use of TVs and cookstoves)


Cultural imperialism

The idea that some cultures dominate other cultures and that cultural domination by one culture leads inevitably to the destruction of subordinated cultures and their replacement by the culture of those in power



The process of bringing something foreign under the control of local people, or of adapting something foreign to serve local purposes


Cultural hybridization

Culture mixing that produces a new cultural form



Being at ease in more than one cultural setting