Adapting to or Fighting Globalization

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI:
Adapting to or Fighting Globalization

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This chapter evaluates the possibilities of local resistance to discourses of globalization and the free trade principle associated with it. Local resistance is a symbol of plurality that creates possibilities of co-option and subsequently makes it possible for diversity to thrive in a globalized world seeking to standardize issues. The role of information and communication technology in promoting traditional knowledge and compensating them with non-intellectual property rights draws its inspiration from the second enclosure movement. This chapter argues that diversity and local identities can help prevent global standardization and instrumentalism. The global environmental processes commencing from the Stockholm Summit of 1972, the Rio Summit of 1992, and the Rio and non-Rio conventions of climate change, biodiversity, ozone depletion, the Basel Convention, and the POPS (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Convention offer many lessons on how to manage global goods.

Keywords: Basel Convention; globalization; free trade; local resistance; plurality; information and communication technology; second enclosure movement; diversity; climate change; intellectual property rights

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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