David Ewick

Globalization and Culture (kiso enshû III)

Tama campus, spring, Wednesday, 6:05~7:40

The Globalization and Culture course page is here.


At the center of the seminar will be weekly readings on the nature of globalization and its relation to culture (see the reading list below). We shall begin with a historical overview of the concept of globalization and the various ways it has been and is understood in different disciplinary fields, including economics, development studies, international relations, and sociology. This will be followed by an attempt to synthesize these understandings and to relate our synthesis to cultural and social practice. Seminar meetings ordinarily will be devoted to informal discussion of the texts, but students also will prepare a seminar project and sit for a final examination. The project will be a written report about some aspect of the relation of globalization (or “anti-globalization”) and the contemporary cultures of Japan, and will require at least some degree of “fieldwork.” The final examination will aim to insure acquaintance with the central understandings of the texts and the discussions that grew from them.


The aims of the seminar will be to acquaint students with contemporary understandings of the meaning and effects of globalization and its relation both to culture and to cultural change, and to facilitate future work, both academic and otherwise, that will benefit from these understandings.


The minimum requirements are attentive presence at all seminar meetings and timely completion of all assignments. Assuming these basics, the percentages for determining grades will be as follows:

  active participation 30%
  seminar project 40%
  final examination 30%


A weekly reading list will be finalized and provided to students in the third week of the seminar. It will include selections from among the following, all of which will be available on reserve in 11454:

Appadurai, Arjun (1996). Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Appadurai, Arjun (2001). Grassroots Globalization and the Research Imagination, in Globalization, edited by Arjun Appadurai. Durham: Duke University Press.

Bhagwati, Jagdish (2004). In Defense of Globalization. New York: Oxford University Press.

Eades, J. S., Tom Gill, and Harumi Befu (2000). Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan. Melbourne: Trans Pacific.

Falk, Richard (2000). Resisting “Globalization from Above” Through “Globalization from Below,” in Globalization and the Politics of Resistance, edited by Barry K. Gills. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Featherstone, Mike. (1995). Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity. London: Sage.

Guidry, John A., Michael D. Kennedy, and Mayer N. Zald (2000). Globalization and Social Movements: Culture, Power, and the Transnational Public Sphere. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Hamel, Pierre, Henri Lustiger-Thaler, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, and Sasha Roseneil (2001). Globalization and Social Movements. New York: Palgrave.

International Forum on Globalization (2002). Alternatives to Economic Globalization. San Francisco: Berret-Koehler.

Kim, Samuel S. (2000). East Asia and Globalization. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Nederveen Pieterse, Jan (2004). Globalization and Culture. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Peet, Richard (2003). Globalism and Neoliberalism, in Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO. London: Zed Books.

Ritzer, George (2004). The Globalization of Nothing. London: Sage.

Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2002). Globalization and its Discontents. New York: Norton.

Tomlinson, John (1999). Globalization and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Waterman, Peter (2000). Social Movements, Local Places and Globalized Spaces: Implications for “Globalization from Below,” in Globalization and the Politics of Resistance, edited by Barry K. Gills. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

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