TAS 3.T Social Change in the Age of Globalization

Teacher responsible:

Dr. Garry Robson, prof. UJ

Brief course description:

This course will present a sociological, anthropological and political analysis of social change within the Atlantic community of states/societies. These societies are treated as post-industrial and multidimensional cultural units in the process of globalisation. These societis are now undergoing unprecedented socio-cultural transformations as a result of declining objective differences between them.

Aims:

This course will present a sociological, anthropological and political analysis of social change within the Atlantic community of states/societies. These societies are treated as post-industrial and multidimensional cultural units in the process of globalisation. These societis are now undergoing unprecedented socio-cultural transformations as a result of declining objective differences between them.

Content:

 

Introduction

 

Modernity, Late-Modernity, Globalization – definitions and concepts

 

Risk and Reflexivity  -  the ‘corrosion of character'?

 

Demographic Globalization: migrations, diasporas and multiculturalism

 

Religion & Secularism – is Europe undergoing a crisis of ‘civilisational morale'?

 

Technology and Globalization # 1: towards the ‘total surveillance' society?

 

Technology and Globalization # 2: ‘Digital Culture' and the ‘Digital Native'

 

The ‘Culture Wars' and education

 

Understanding Global Cities: London Case Study

 

The ‘McDonaldisation' and ‘Disneyfication' of the world

 

Anglobalization' and the rise of English

 

The Globalization of Sport-football case study 

 

Ethics in social research

Reading list:

Bairner, A., Sport, Nationalism and Globalization
Berinato, S., ‘Jeffrey Rosen and the Naked Crowd: Liberty and Surveillance for All'
Bolter, J., Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext and the Remediation of Print
Bommes, M. and Geddes, A. (Eds) Immigration and Welfare: Challenging the Borders of the Nation State
Bryman, A. The Disneyization of Society,
Crouch, S., The Artificial White Man
Davie, D., ‘The persistence of institutional religion in Europe', in Berger, P. et al. (Eds) Peter Berger and the Study of Religion
Ferguson, N., Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World
Friedman, T. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
Giddens, A., Modernity and Self Identity
Giulianotti, R., Sport: A Critical Sociology
Hardt, M. and Negri, A., ‘Postmodernization, or the Informalization of Production', in During, S. (Ed) The Cultural Studies Reader (3rd edition) 
Lyons, D., Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk and Digital Discrimination
Norris, C. et al., ‘The Growth of CCTV: a global perspective on the international diffusion of video surveillance in publicly accessible space', Surveillance and Society, 2 (2/3)
Phillipson, R., English-Only Europe? Challenging Language Policy
Postman, N. Amusing Ourselves to Death, ch.1
Reading: Butler, T.  and Robson, G., London Calling: The Middle Classes and the Remaking of Inner London
Reading: Huntington, S. Who Are We: America's Great Debate, ch.10
Reading: Lasch, C., The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of American Democracy,  W.W. Norton
Reading: Selwyn, N., ‘The Digital Native: Myth and Reality, Presentation to CILIP London Seminar Series, London, 10 March, 2009, http://www.scribd.com/doc/9775892/Digital-Native
Ritzer, G., The McDonaldization of Society
Robertson, R., Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture
Sassen, S.,  A Sociology of Globalization, ch.2
Sassen, S., A Sociology of Globalization, ch.4
Sennett, R., The Corrosion of Character: Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism, ch. 5
Stern, S., ‘E D Hirsch's curriculum for democracy', City Journal, Autumn 2009 http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_4_hirsch.html
Weigel, G., The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God