Maps and Mandalas, Division and Multiplication Media and Global Divides
In this plenary talk delivered to the IAMCR conference on “Global Divides” in Stockholm, July 2008, I explore a range of issues triggered by the very phrase “global divides”. I ask whether the world is divided and, if so, by what criteria. I explore the opposites of division through cohesion and multiplication and borrow Rosenau’s term to argue that contradictory processes of “fragmegration” are evident. I present some conundrums around contemporary cultural practices, including a consumerist desire for other’s peoples authentic culture and political rhetoric that exacerbates division. I conclude by suggesting that inequality remains the most significant division, even if not simply evident along a North-South axis, and wonder if the economic downturn that was starting to show would produce a new politics, including a better understanding of endemic poverty. I have added marginal notes in the text to take account of both the subsequent election of President Obama and the deteriorating economic environment, but the text remains a viewpoint of its moment of delivery.
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordicom
Nordicom Review 30 Jubilee Issue (2009) pp. 39-56
article, peer reviewed scientific
30 Jubilee Issue 2009