Alienation In The Third World

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Globalization is greatly argued against, because of its effect on third world countries. A third world country is considered to be a country that has not undergone industrialization and has little to no economic growth and social improvements (Chapter 2 Power Point, Slide 15). Indonesia has become a pillar of economic growth and political excellence, but this is all at an expense of its poorer neighborhoods. As seen in the documentary “New Ruler of the World,” John Pilger visits labor camps that are infested with illness and disease. During interviews several of the employees would discuss how they were afraid to be disobedient at their workplace. This is also seen in another documentary called “Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death,” …show more content…
Alienation in terms of Marx discusses how this causes workers to in a sense sell their souls. Workers in Indonesia work long hours, one of the women described working twenty-four hours. A male worker also stated that the company does not comply with the rules associated with stores such as “Gap.” In order to make a living, these individuals are giving up their lives in order to not just provide for themselves but for their children who also live in poverty stricken areas. This is also seen in the Congo but in a different context. During the reign of King Leopold II, he controlled the Congo, because of his desire to control the rubber trading industry. The indigenous people of Congo were promised a better life if they went under the wing of the king, but that was not the case. These individuals became a part of a labor camp, and because of that, they sold their lives over to the king. This is the strongest form of alienation present between the two documentaries. They gave their lives over to a selfish King, who sought a large opportunity by controlling African Americans. These are all caused by macro-level forces, core nations take control and enslave periphery nations. According to the lecture outline for chapter five, there is a form of marginalization present in globalization. Marginalization is a way of assigning specialized roles in the global society. For a country …show more content…
It is because it is easy for them to take advantage of periphery labor, that was seen in both documentaries that represent the downside of globalization. Countermovements appear all around the world and fight back against the current route and change brought on by globalization (Chapter 7, Lecture Outline). These countermovements are in support of not just environmentalism, but the exploitation of workers around the world. Movements are important in order to establish change and better the world of globalization. Change happened for the peoples of Congo, once they were relieved from Belgium and their rule over their country. While they are still considered a periphery nation, they no longer are being exploited for their rubber. In Indonesia sweat shops are also still present, but several countermovements are present to fight against this horrible exploitation of workers for major brands being sold around the world. Globalization and industrialization have effected these peripheral societies and that has been present for centuries. That is evident in the slavery and exploitation of individuals for

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