Archive for the Geography and Globalization Category

Urban elite accuse Indian government of failing to protect citizens’ right to life

Posted in Geography and Globalization, Political Geography, Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 by geography101

Today’s New York Times ran a story of an ‘extraordinary’ lawsuit being filed against the Indian government on behalf of the country’s elite.  In the wake of the Mumbai attacks, investment bankers, corporate lawyers and their ilk charge that the state has ‘lagged in its constitutional duty’ to protect citizens’ right to life.  India’s elite, who inhabit a world far removed from the insecurity and precariousness that defines everyday life for the nation’s urban poor, have been ‘politicized’:

Since the attacks, which killed 163 people, plus nine gunmen, there has been an outpouring of anger from unlikely quarters. On Wednesday, tens of thousands of urban, English-speaking, tank-top-wearing citizens stormed the Gateway of India, a famed waterfront monument, venting anger at their elected leaders. There were similar protests in the capital, New Delhi, and the southern technology hubs, Bangalore and Hyderabad. All were organized spontaneously, with word spread through text messages and Facebook pages.

An Indian actor, writing in The Hindustan Times in Mumbai, exposes the paradox confronting Indians today: “we overlook for now your neglect of the city. Its floods, its traffic, its filth, its pollution. Just deliver to us a world-standard antiterrorism plan.” Read the full article from the Hindustan Times here. The link to the New York Times piece is here.


A story of globalization…in a box

Posted in Geography and Globalization on December 5, 2008 by geography101

The BBC box. A GPS device tracks its movement around the globe in real time

Its been a while since we’ve discussed ‘globalization’ as a concept in and of itself, but Nate Millington sent in this link that is hard to ignore given its relevance to much that we’ve covered this term. In mid-September the BBC embarked on a year long project to track the journey of a container as it travels around the globe, from port to port, carrying the goods and services that sustain the network of international trade that we now call ‘globalization’. Follow the container’s journey journey around the world here

Mumbai: everyday contradictions of urbanization and globalization

Posted in Geography and Globalization, Urban Geography on November 10, 2008 by geography101

09worldxlarge2A recent essay by Anand Giridharadas speaks volumes to the contradictions of Mumbai in the face of urbanization and globalization. This is a city where “luscious skyscrapers sprout beside mosquito-prone shantytowns”; where Bollywood–India’s answer to Hollywood–meets Dharavi, a slum where one million people inhabit one square mile. Giridharadas remarks that “these dueling claims on Mumbai explain its mongrel look: like a duty-free mall in parts, in parts like a refugee camp.”

What does it mean to be an emerging global city and home to one of the largest slums in Asia? What do plans for Dharavi’s redevelopment have to do with the need for cities to compete in an increasingly globalized marketplace? Processes of displacement within the context of urban redevelopment are not confined to places like Mumbai. As we begin our discussion of urbanization and gentrification we’ll begin to see similarities between what’s happening in Mumbai and Dharavi and cities in the western world. Read Giridharadas’ story, published along with a slide show, in the New York Times here

Heavy Metal in Baghdad: war, migration, culture

Posted in Cultural Geography, Geography and Globalization, Population Geography, Urban Geography on October 30, 2008 by geography101
Feature length film released in 2007

Feature length film released in 2007

Nate Millington alerted us to this film released last year which centres on one of the few (only?) heavy metal bands inBaghdad. Through the story of the band, the film Nate writes, “deals with a lot of issues related to cultural communities and migration, in particular. It ties in really directly to [migration and refugees] and gives a really strange, but ultimately compelling, look at Iraqi migration and the war.” See trailers and read reviews of the film, which premiered at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Fests last year, here.

Immigrants in the Core: Overlooked Economic Contributions

Posted in Geography and Globalization, Population Geography on October 28, 2008 by geography101

Here’s an article I wrote about African immigrants in France; its based on personal experience and highlights many of the economic and moral issues surrounding immigration that we’re discussing in 101 right now..

-Leif Brottem

Foreign Policy in Focus:

Immigration\’s Role Often Overlooked in Global Economy

Immigrant protest in Paris

Immigrant rights march in Paris

“This Weeks News is a Geography Lesson”

Posted in Economic Geography, Geography and Globalization on September 22, 2008 by geography101

Geographer Rob Shields comments on the recent economic crisis in the US arguing that we need to understand it as a lesson in geography…Read the short blog here

Life and Debt: Globalization in Jamaica

Posted in Economic Geography, Geography and Globalization on September 22, 2008 by geography101

Dana Sitar, from our class sent in this video. She writes “its about Jamaica’s debt [from policies of the World Bank, IMF and Inter-American Development Bank] and the Kingston Free Zone, an EPZ in the capital city.  It’s a great example of the NIDL and an explanation of EPZ’s.  Enjoy– if you have the time!”. Its an impressive film that has received rave reviews. Steven Holden of the NYT says “‘Life and Debt’ illustrates with an impressive (and depressing) acuity, globalization can have a devastating impact on third world countries. The movie offers the clearest analysis of globalization and its negative effects that I’ve ever seen on a movie or television screen”. You can watch the full film here