Geography Education
Controversies in Globalization
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The Olympic committee and designer came under withering criticism for manufacturing the garments in China.

Two current controversies (Team USA clothing being made in China and Mitt Romney’s potential involvement of Bain’s outsourcing jobs) are fundamentally about what Americans think about globalization and the impact of globalization on the United States.  Globalization is most certainly a mixed bag at every scale.  What is intriguing about these controvesies is that most Americans see themselves as net ‘victims’ of globalization, while many people outside the United States would view the United States as an overwhelming beneficiary of the economic and cultural processes that are collectively called globalization.  So what is it?  Do Americans just want to have their cake and eat it to?  Can a country only embrace the beneficial elements of globalization without accepting that negatives  inherently will come with them as a package deal?  How can a country (or the world, individual) maximize the advantages of globalization while minimizing the negatives?     


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