Globalisation, from cheese to arms dealing.

We live in an age of global communication, never in human history has the space betwixt us been broken down in such a way that an individual or a corporation can organise globally. With enough power one individual can theoretically control a global market. For example, Unilever are an international company you many have seen the logo on the back of many food products. Unilever can and do sell food internationally meaning that when you buy food a large amount of the food you buy profits Unilever instead of local companies and farmers. This is globalisation, the forging of international markets.


Europa Press (2017) Unilever logo. [New Article ] available:  . [25th march].

Ruddick, G. (2017) “UK government should help companies targeted by foreign bids, says Unilever”, The Guardian, 15th March.

There are 3 key theses surrounding globalisation. The first is known as the Hyper-globalist thesis, this states that the denationalisation of economies gives rise to a global civilisation and global governance. Simply put as Ohmae j (1995) argues, as a nation opens to world markets and economy new forms of social operation will emerge surpassing nations as the economic and political centres of civilisation.

The second thesis is the Sceptical thesis, it states that governments have most control over internationalism targeting lesser economically developed nations with economic marginalisation. Stating governments act to control globalisation leading to increased fundamentalism and aggressive nationalism as people are forced apart into civilisation blocks and cultural and ethnic enclaves.

Last but not least we have the Transformationalist thesis, that simply states that globalisation drives rapid changes in our society though social, economic and political changes. This means that the people who control globalisation effect the society’s you and I call home. this is supporter by Matell, L. ( 2010) who informs us that globalisation fuels Neo-Liberalism.

No matter which of these theory’s you agree with they all point in the same direction. Globalisation is powerful, it is the wind and rain that erodes and forms of political landscape the way we view the world and the public sphere. One man who understood this more than anyone is Giddens, A (1990) he theorised that there are 4 dimensions of Globalisation.

World military order meaning that the globalisation of war and arms dealing, along with the joining of nations though things like NATO, effect the world we live in and the way we see other nations.

The second dimension is the division of labour through regional specialisations for example companies like Primark divide their labour across poorer nations so it cost less thus people in these places work in sweat shops instead of other local work.

the third is nation states, as leader’s actions and decisions when it comes to preserving culture and creating relations with other nation states can affect the global picture.

Finally, the world capitalist economy is a force of globalisation effecting the value of everything worldwide.

When a market expands to global scale all the effect it has on its workers and consumers transfer top global scale too. In this world where almost everything we buy and consume is provided by large conglomerates and corporations, we inadvertently effect the world around us. So, support smaller business; yes, you are a consumer that’s concrete but that doesn’t mean you can chose what you consume.


Europa Press (2017) Unilever logo. [New Article ] available:  . [25th march].

Giddens, Anthony (1991): The Consequences of Modernity. Polity Press. Cambridge. (70-78)

Matell, L (2010)  The Sociology of Globalisation: Polity

Ohmae, Kenichi (1995) The End of the Nation State, The Rise of Regional Economies: Harper Collins Publishers. (80-85)

Ruddick, G. (2017) “UK government should help companies targeted by foreign bids, says Unilever”, The Guardian, 15th March.


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