CHAPTER 12NEGATIVE GLOBAL FLOWS AND PROCESSESDANGEROUS IMPORTS, DISEASES, CRIME, TERRORISM, WAR

The previous chapter on environmental problems began with, and was informed by, Zygmunt Bauman’s (2006: 96) concept of negative globalization. That idea is even more relevant to this chapter since he enumerates a number of issues under that heading that will be of concern to us here. While there are many negative flows that could concern us in this chapter, the discussion will be limited to the global flows associated with dangerous imports, borderless diseases, crime, terrorism, and war.

While we recognize these negative flows, and agree with Bauman on the idea of increasing global liquidity, he goes too far with the idea of negative globalization, or at least farther than we are prepared to go. That is, in his view “ours is a wholly negative globalization: unchecked, unsupplemented and uncompensated for by a ‘positive’ counterpart which is still a distant prospect at best, though according to some prognoses already a forlorn chance” (Bauman 2006: 96). While there are certainly many negative aspects, flows, and processes associated with globalization, we would not accept ...

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