Defining a changing world: the discourse of globalization
Globalization has, within academic, political and business circles alike, become a prominent buzzword of the past decade, conjuring a diversity of associations, connotations and attendant mythologies. The literature devoted to the issue of globalization is both vast in scope and diverse in nature, becoming increasingly prominent not only in academics and politics, but in the popular press, as well. The goal of this dissertation is to provide the reader with a map of themes, narratives, and characterizations related to globalization circulating in the United States in order to demonstrate the potential ways that individual thought on the issue is shaped by public discourse. A secondary goal is to critically examine specific texts to identify areas where their arguments overlap, conflict, or may be misconstrued due to weak or inaccurate evidence. By better understanding the map of rhetorical formations in widely-read texts regarding globalization, it may be possible for people to be better able to understand the concerns and intentions of those voicing various and often competing viewpoints.
Advisor:Aune, James Arnt; Poole, Marshall Scott; Conrad, Charles; Sharf, Barbara F.; Woodman, Richard W.
School:Texas A&M University
School Location:USA - Texas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:globalization discourse critical
Date of Publication:05/01/2003