Globalization and Development
Miller, T. (2014) Globalization and Development. In: Wilkins, K.G., Tufte, T. and Obregon, R., (eds.) The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, pp. 20-39.
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Globalization and development are concepts that existed in Islamic social theory a millennium ago. The two terms refer to policy fashions within the Global North, applied domestically and to the Global South. Both are instances of governmentality. When modern capitalism met modern imperialism, the resulting encounter bound together forces that were always already both contradictory and compatible. Yanqui imperialism differs from the classic nineteenth-century model, and it has proven much harder to gain independence from US than European colonists. This chapter explains how the psy-function influenced Yanqui development discourse. It discusses the lived experience of unequal media exchange – in an unexpected location. Communications technologies themselves are frequently regarded as development and globalization – signs of a transcendent progress.
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