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Living in a globalised world
Using the US and Mexico as the main example, this unit examines how inequalities in...
Using the US and Mexico as the main example, this unit examines how inequalities in access to material wealth can lead to border tensions. You will also learn how many developed economies are now reliant on immigrant labour to perform jobs that their own citizens do not want to consider. How equal is the globalised world?
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- understand some of the key ways in which globalisation is shaping the world today;
- give examples of how ideas of 'proximity' and 'distance' can be used to understand an increasingly demanding world;
- illustrate the importance of recognising the liveliness of the natural world.
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Living in a globalised world
This unit interrogates the idea of a globalised world by showing how inequalities in access to material wealth and expectations of lifestyle, which have been created historically between the US and Mexico, produces border tensions as Mexicans seek entry to the US to do jobs that resident American citizens will not undertake for the wages offered. It is particularly relevant currently in the context of debates about free trade and movement of workforce to where they could find work, and that many developed economies in particular at the moment are reliant on immigrant labour to work in areas in which their own citizens will not.
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course
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Originally published: Monday, 25th July 2011
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