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Globalization is the catchword of the twentieth and twenty first century In essence it refers to a market driven force which propagates the exchange of ideas and knowledge across borders to all peoples But what does this mean for Indigenous peoples As it is the indigenous people who already suffer the most discrimination and face the most disadvantage economically socially politically culturally and environmentally What effect will increased contact with the outside world have on already marginalized peoples It is these questions that this essay will look at Globalization Globalization is a process in which the constraints of geography on social and cultural arrangements recede and in which people become increasingly aware they are receding Waters 19953 This means that peoples nations governments and states are no longer independent but are influenced by events and decisions that occur at a distance This had resulted from changes in technologies communications and economies In theory globalization is meant to increase international cooperation and harmony as countries that gain a mutual economic benefit from peace do not go to war It is also meant to reduce material inequality as Free Trade will allow countries to specialize in what they are best at hence achieving greater profit and efficiency Heywood 1997151-2 As Newt Gingrich previous speaker of the US House explains Theres clearly a rising general standard of living for everybody Globalvision 1998 Robert Hormats vice chairman of Goldman Sachs also advocates the positive nature of globalization He believes its great beauty is that it is not controlled by any individual any government any institution It provides people with the ability to communicate across boarders trade across borders raise capital across borders Globalvision 1998 In reality however Globalization is a process by which the rich consolidate their power and influence The least developed countries are still dependent on rich countries and they survive on the export of raw or unprocessed materials from which they obtain little profit
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