Debate on Globalization (Discussion Questions from FASH455)


#1 What are some things we can tell to someone like Mr. Lucentini, who saw firsthand all of the shops and factories of people who worked hard getting replaced by cheaper global alternatives and immigrants to convince him that globalization isn’t entirely destructive?

#2 On the one hand, native Italians feel that the increasing immigrant population took away their economic opportunities, resulting in job losses and closure of local textile mills with decades years of history. However, within the Chinese community, many say that these warehouses were empty before Chinese people came over. They argue that Chinese people didn’t “take jobs but created them.” What is your view on the arguments?

#3 As globalization expands, it can cause an increase in immigration causing significant changes in small towns that are not economically or socially ready for drastic fast-pace change and can cause issues and division in a country. With this how can small towns such as Prato, Italy adapt or be educated on the pros of globalization? What do you think the local government could or should do to help their residents?

#4 Technology is one of the driving factors of globalization, but it has also helped increase the gap between the rich and the poor in countries like the US. What do you think countries and/or companies can do to resolve this type of inequality?

#5 The articles discussed many benefits and hardships inflicted by globalization. Based on these facts, do you think globalization has gone too far, not far enough, or has it been heading in the wrong direction?

#6 Why or why not do you think ordinary Americans (not elites) have been the winners and beneficiaries of globalization?

(Welcome to our online discussion. For students in FASH455, please address at least two questions and mention the question number (#) in your reply)