Globalization and Contemporary Social Change

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Globalization and Contemporary Social Change

-Lingnan University Master of Cultural Studies Programme

Lecturers: Dr. Hui Shiu-lun, Dr Lau Kin-chi and Dr Erebus Wong

2013-14 Term 1


Course Description

This course will take a multi-scalar approach in understanding globalization and its relationship with everyday life. Through examining transnational, national, and local processes, this course will question how the ideas of global and local are socially constructed and unsettled in the age of globalization. Particular attention will be made on how transnational forces are articulated, negotiated, and contested in local contexts, allowing the economy, polity, society, and culture of locales to affect one another.

Course Schedule

Globalization and resistance (Hong Kong story)

Resistance and change (V for Vendetta, Three Idiots)

Revolt and self governance (The Zapatistas)

Colonialism and plunder (Open Veins of Latin America)

Mining and resistance (Puno Revolt)

Spirit of regeneration and buen vivir

Moneyless Man, alternative currencies

Financial crisis (Too Big to Fail, Inside Job)

The violence of financial capitalism

Conflicts and wars

Energy crisis: climate change and nuclear catastrophe (Fukushima)

The development trajectory of modern China

Rural regeneration and food sovereignty movements

Alternative theories and practices



刘健芝等编,2009.《抵抗的全球化》(上、下) 北京:人民文學。

Galeano, Eduardo. 1973. Open Veins of Latin America, New York: Monthly Review. 《拉丁美洲被切開的血管》北京:人民文學, 2001.



Further readings:


温铁军等,2011. 《解读苏南》,苏州大学出版社。


劉健芝,2003: “印度喀拉拉經驗”,《中國鄉建學院培訓資料》, pp.100-116.


中国人民大学课题组,2011. 《重庆新事》,中国人民大学出版社。

【美】富兰克林.金著,程存旺、石嫣译. 2010.《四千年的农夫》,东方出版集团。

【美】安德鲁.罗斯.索尔金著,巴曙松、陈剑等译,2009/ 《大而不倒》,中国人民大学出版社. Too Big to Fail.

Bateson, Gregory. 1972. Steps to an Ecology of Mind.

Bateson, Gregory. 2002. Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity. New Jersey: Hampton.

Blyth, Mark. 2013. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, Oxford University Press.

Boyle, Mark. 2010. The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living.Oxford: One World.

Boyle, Mark. 2012. The Moneyless Manifesto: Live Well, Live Rich, Live Free. Hampshire: Permanent Publications.

Conley, Verena Andermatt. 1997. Ecopolitics: The Environment in Poststructualist Thought. London and New York: Routledge.

Connolly, William E. 2013. The Fragility of Things: Self-organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism, Durham and London: New York: Duke University Press.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri, 2000: Empire

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri, 2009. Commonwealth.

Harvey, David. 1990. The Condition of PostModernity, Blackwell, Cambridge MA & Oxford UK.

Klein, Naomi. 2002. Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate. New York: Picador.

Marazzi, Christian. 2010. The Violence of Financial Capitalism, Semiotext(e).

Negri, Antonio. 2003. Reflections on Empire. Cambridge: Polity.

Parameswaran, M.P. 2008. Democracy by the People, New Delhi: Alternatives Asia.


Piketty, Thomas. 2014. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Quiggin, John. 2010. Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.

Raina, Vinod. “People’s Science Movement in India”.


Schumacher, E.F. 1981. “On Technology for a Democratic Society”, in Small is Possible, George McRobie. London: Abacus, pp.1-15.


Steger, Manfred B. 2009. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sundeen, Mark. 2012. The Man Who Quit Money. New York: Riverhead Books.