Last Friday that is the 20th of Feb. 2009 my last lecture/class was of Sociology of Globalization. As it was our introductory class our professor intended to give us a brief overview of what we will be dealing with in the whole semester. This session was quite hilarious & it also made the picture very clear.
The hilarious part was the example that our professor laid the foundation on for explaining the impacts of the globalization. First of all we discussed the features of a village (a typical Pakistani village as I don't know if the villages of other areas specially those out of the subcontinent have any resemblance to ours). Following is the base line points that we concluded:
4-well connected-know each other from head to toe
Apart from these there are some unique characters in our villages. Most prominent is the Chaudery (land lord) who comes only second to God. Now Mr. Chaudary has to interfere in each & everyone's affairs to the extent that they could be their personal family affairs. No one in the village can make any of their decisions without the consent of the Chaudary. And if someone does dare to take such a step he's considered a rebel & declared an outcast.
In the second stage of the lecture this frame was picked from our local village & put on the current global scenario. It was a perfect fit. Due to the increasing improvements in the IT sector the whole world is quite well integrated, well connected & dependent on each other. Decisions made by one government not just affect that single country but the whole world. Likewise any incident occurring in one part of the world has a deep impact on the whole world. Examples include 9/11, present situation of Swat & other tribal areas of my country, Mumbai blasts, decision of the USA to invade Iraq & Afghanistan & the list continues.
By this point I guess everyone will be able to conclude who fits the description of Mr. Chaudary at the global scale?
Considering the impact of globalization on different cultures we will realize that in the present decade & the coming one, independent cultures will have little contributing value. That country's culture will be dominant & spread who will be controlling the economic & political nerves of the world.
Lets see what other connections unfold themselves during the rest of the semester.
P.S I did not quote the Punjabi interpretations that were the key to the fun part of this lectures as I am only good at understanding Punjabi but am an amateur when it comes to my own self expression.