Globalization Paper


  • 3-6 pages
  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman Font
  • 12 pt
  • 1 inch margins

This counts as an exam grade and will replace your 4th ethnography/Thematic Summary, do a good job on it!!

FULLY READ AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AND MAKE A COMPARISON TO ANOTHER ETHNOGRAPHY THAT WE HAVE READ and an article from the Globalization 101 website from Yale. (try this one too)

Articles can be found on School Fusion under the “Globalization and Change” folder.


A – “Golden Arches East: McDonalds in East Asia,” James L. Watson, Stanford University Press 1997

                  McDonald’s restaurants are found in over 100 countries, serving tens of millions of people each day. What are the cultural implications of this phenomenal success? Does the introduction of American fast food undermine local cuisines, many of them celebrated for centuries? Does it, as some critics fear, overrun a homogeneous, global culture?

B – “Tales from Two Deltas: Catfish Fillets, High Value Foods, and Globalization,” Dominique M. Duval-Diop, Economic Geography, April 2005.

                  How does this case study illustrate the heterogeneous outcomes of globalization as these deltas are brought into a competition that, in some ways, is closer than their absolute distance may indicate, and how is this competition mediated?

C – "When the Turtle Collapses, the World ends." Bernard Nietshman, 1974. 

D - Choose a chapter from Friendman's "The Lexus and the Olive Tree." (The Lexus and the Olive Tree.ppt & its in the Party!) 

E - Choose a chapter from Friedman's "The World Is Flat.

F - How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization (Party)

G - Anthropology of Development and Globalization

H - Coffee in Costa Rica: Fair Trade and Global Commodity



We have read this in Japan, but you may want to reread it: “How Sushi Went Global,” Theodore C. Bestor, Foreign Policy, November 2000.

                  How does this case study illustrate the importance of Blue Fin Tuna in the global Market economy? Discuss Supply and Demand and how that fuels the tuna market. Bestor makes the argument that as Americans we like to think of ideas spreading from West to East, identify and discuss his idea about the East to West diffusion.