From Salonniere Alexis: “Globalisation & Cosmopolitanism”

By Your Salonniere

Comparing notes with a fellow college professor who also teaches a class on Globalisation, my colleague and I drummed up a canon of literature and film that might help illuminate some of today’s current issues concerning what Kwame Appiah calls “Cosmopolitanism.” For more references, see the entire article originally posted at SalonniereAlexis.

FILMS

1. Bread and Roses

2. Dirty Pretty Things

ESSAYS & ARTICLES
1. Roger Cohen’s NY Times’ columns deal with globalization and global citizenship, and I’ve had some classroom success with his astute article “The Global Rose as a Social Tool” published March 13, 2008:

Most of the roses I saw were destined for the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in Britain, with a price tag of the equivalent of $10 already affixed. I asked Helen Buyaki, aged 27, one of 1,800 employees at the farm, what she earns: “4,500 shillings a month.” That’s 70 bucks.

Look at the global economy one way and Buyaki earns the equivalent of seven bunches of roses for a month’s labor. That smacks of exploitation. Look at it another and she has a job she’d never have had until globalization came along.

Read entire article here.

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