Here is a bit of a taster from the upcoming freerange #2 issue. Rajarshi Sahai recently gave a lecture to a finish university titled “International Development: A failed regime?“
Please find below some ideas that I tried to present in the session.
Firstly and foremostly, I wanted to emphasize on the need of seeing the world as a stage of power relations, perceptions, biases and propaganda. We all are guided by such forces in some way or another, and the two end-of-the-world videos (watch?v=nZMwKPmsbWE and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTX2rHTvW-E) were an attempt to bring out some of these forces that exist around us, and to see them objectively, with a conscious and critical mind and the realization that we need to be together as a world for real development.
The next part was aimed to explain the current global context, the world that we live in, including –
Recent major socio-cultural forces:
Rise of civil society
Grey revolution (North) – demographic dynamism (South)
weakening state and international dimension of power, especially in developing countries context
“Supra-national processes are seen as undermining the power of national states and their ability to maintain territorial governance based on inclusive political communities”
“As global market forces and global culture are held to be beyond national control, as are climate change, terrorism, health crises like AIDS and mass migration”.
Multiplicity (relations, voices, arenas, forms/sources of knowledge, layers of action/governance/relations)
Asymmetrical power relations
From linear conceptions of progress to multi-causality & non-linearity
Connectivity & relational geographies
and to see the current world order as a system of hegemonies, a la Samir Amin’s idea of world economic order. In this regard, I also tried to point out that what we refer to Globalization is merely Internationalization of trade with no level playing field for the poorer nations, and even the multilateral agencies being vetoed by the powerful lobbies of rich nations.