Reimagining Globalization: An Unfamiliar Narrative?
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As an idea or concept, globalization finds expression in the rhetoric and rationale for social and political action almost everywhere. However, the ebb and flow of this debate has ranged from declaring the 'End of History' and 'the Flattening of the World' to 'the End of Globalism' and 'Sinking Globalization'. This obviously raises the question "how is contemporary globalization and its consequences conceptualized and understood? Secondly, we need to question the significance of the discourse of globalization to ask why it matters. This presentation provides a broad overview of the contending debates on globalization and the resultant rise of 'Global'. approaches. While accepting the concept of globalization as a meaningful guide to the interpretation of the current conjuncture of geopolitical, economic and cultural trends, the paper, however, argues for the refocusing of the geographical, economic and cultural studies of globalization. The rational for this argument does not just lie in the shifting international context but also in the concern with the silencing of the historical and contemporary experiences and roles of a vast majority of humanity.