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Aims of this lesson:

  • To be able to discuss civil society responses to globalization; the adoption, adaptation (glocalization) or rejection of globalized goods, services and cultural traits.
  • To use the Slow Food Movement to evaluate the relative costs and benefits of local commercial production to the producer, the consumer and the local economy, compared with the costs and benefits of globalized production.
  • To use Survival International to describe the role of civil society in raising awareness of local and global environmental, social and cultural issues.
  • To use Traidcraft to examine the role of civil society in supporting local economic activity and strengthening local cultural values.
 
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The term 'civil society' and the IB DP Geography syllabus

The term 'civil society' appears in the following ways in the IB DP geography syllabus:
  • Describe the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in civil society and the transmission and flow of images, ideas, information and finance.
  • Discuss civil society responses to globalization; the adoption, adaptation (glocalization) or rejection of globalized goods, services and cultural traits.
  • Describe the role of civil societies in raising awareness of local and global environmental, social and cultural issues.
  • Examine the role of civil societies in supporting local economic activity and strengthening local cultural values.

[The term in a plural sense is incorrect. There are no civil societies there is just the civil society – as in the one and only.]

There are myriad definitions of civil society in the post-modern sense. The IB DP Geography syllabus defines civil society as:

Any organization or movement that works in the area between the household, the private sector and the state to negotiate matters of public concern. Civil societies include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community groups, trade unions, academic institutions and faith-based organizations.

 
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Civil society examples

List a civil society example, for each of the categories given below, that operates within your area:

  • non-governmental organization
  • community group
  • trade/labour unions
  • faith-based organization
  • women and youth organizations
  • indigenous peoples’ organizations
  • professional associations and foundations
 
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Synthesis

 
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Civil Society Responses to Globalization

Use a textbook to make notes on the response of civil society to globalization. You should focus your efforts upon figure 1 on page 225 of Geography for the IB Diploma Global Interactions. Try and add named examples of civil society groups/organization taking the various position in globalization.
 
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Slow Food Movement: local commercial production vs globalized production

Slow Food
 
 
 
The Guardian
  Slow food: Have we lost our appetite? [4 February 2009]
 
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Survival International: role of civil society in raising awareness

 
Hyperlink
  survivalinternational.org
The Guardian
  Hydroelectric dams pose threat to tribal peoples, report warns [9 August 2010]
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  Syllabus linkage: Global Interactions - Indigenous and Remote Society
 
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Traidcraft: role of civil society in supporting local economic activity

 
Hyperlink
  traidcraft.co.uk
BBC News
  UK fair trade's Gateshead origins [1 March 2010]
 
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Review

 

Exam style question:

Evaluate the arguments concerning the adoption of local commercial production rather than globalized production. [15 Marks]

Discuss the role of civil societies in supporting causes at a local scale. [15 Marks]

The markbands can be found here - you need to look at Paper 3 Part (b).

 
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