Magazine article Geographical

The Rise and Rise of Globalisation

Magazine article Geographical

The Rise and Rise of Globalisation

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A taxi driver once looked in his rear-view mirror to find Bertrand Russell--"one of the greatest minds ever, right?"--sitting in the back of his cab. So he thought he'd take the opportunity to learn something. "I asked him, 'What's it all about, then?' But, you know, he couldn't tell me."

Globalisation is one of those subjects--even to the experts who live and breathe it. It means something different to everyone, but it always means something. We all know that it's important, but what exactly is it?

We know that it raises a range of issues--from the future of language to the future of the planet--that includes economics, politics, sociology, geography, history, psychology and ecology. And we know that there is plenty of opposition from an equally diverse demographic--anticapitalism protestors, Islamic fundamentalists and peasant farmers. But other than that, most of us know very little.

Dickon Ross spoke to three leading academics about what globalisation means to them and how they see it affecting the world in the immediate future.

Main players 1 Dr Ian Linden professorial research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. …

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