A mutant variety of colonialism?

“Is globalization about ‘the eradication of world poverty,’ or is it a mutant variety of colonialism, remote controlled and digitally operated?”

Arundhati Roy, author and activist, interview with David Barsamian in The Progressive, 1999

I have just started marking student essays on globalisation and development, and one of the essays included this quote. It is a thought provoking question and one I hope will be well explored in the essays in and our upcoming block course.


This is shaping up to be a good year. My first publications will be available soon (two journal articles and three chapters in the Development Fieldwork book), I’m teaching the same courses as last year (good because I enjoy these courses, and because they won’t need much updating) and it is looking like I’ll get some fieldwork time in PNG and Fiji mid-year. I also have a big birthday coming up later in the year, which is a little scary but has motivated me to look after myself again and to get back to the gym… and I’m loving it. Here’s hoping the positivity continues!

Helping students “find a space”

In light of the lecture I gave today on globalisation and multiculturalism this quote from the textbook we are using seems very appropriate….

“If I can help students to find a space to consider what they don’t ordinarily consider — to see what was previously unseen, to notice influences in society that had been invisible because they were accepted without reflection — then any information that I transmit to them will be in a sense, “gravy”.

-George Cheney
in Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization, 2011

note taking

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