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3. The Great Globalisation Debate

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In this module, we think about the debate between two camps – the hyperglobalists and the sceptics – regarding the existence of globalisation, often called the great globalisation debate. We focus on: (i) the hyperglobalist perspective, which sees globalisation as a hugely important process, comparable in significance to transformative historical moments like the invention of writing; (ii) the sceptical view that the extent of globalisation in recent decades has been exaggerated, and that the world continues to be organised along older principles based on the nation state; (iii) how this debate plays out in the spheres of political and economic globalisation.


In this course, Professor Rafal Soborski (Richmond, The American International University in London) explores key debates around the concept and characteristics of globalisation. In the first module, we consider some notable ways in which globalisation has been defined, and some problems with these definitions. In the second, we look at histories of globalisation, noting especially where different scholars locate the beginnings of the process. The third module outlines the debate between two camps – the hyperglobalists and the sceptics – regarding the existence and significance of globalisation, often termed the great globalisation debate. In the fourth, we think about whether globalisation is “good” or “bad”, looking at optimistic and pessimistic accounts, and in the final module we examine different perspectives on the cultural impacts of globalisation, focusing particularly on Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilisations” thesis.


Professor Rafal Soborski is Professor of International Politics at Richmond, The American International University in London. His research focuses on the ideological, political and social dimensions of globalisation, including on globalism, anti-globalism and environmentalism. He is author of Ideology and the Future of Progressive Social Movements (2018) and Ideology in a Global Age: Continuity and Change (2013).

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