Globalization Geographies

By Pedro P Geiger.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Each historical period is characterized by three legged movements composed by technological levels, by kinds of social relations of production and by forms of the socially built environments of geographical entities for instance, the invention of the caravel that allowed the use of the sea routes in long distance commerce: the social rise of merchants and bankers as presented in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and the development of the sea port cities, members of a Hanseatic League, created at the 13th century are examples related to introduction of mercantilism. The present paper aims to deal particularly with new territorialities and with a new regionalization developed during the globalization process. The term globalization comprehends, yet, in itself the idea of a new geographical scale. The following points are addressed in this paper: the appearance of emergent hegemonic countries in a continental scale of area and population, like China or Brazil; the role of very small political entities, as the Cayman Islands, in support of the present capitalist economy; the specialized territorial buildings by the large transnational corporations, as hubs, port terminals, private railways; and the new forms of agglomeration expressed by the global city regions. Some political tensions and their manifestations are taking form according to the geographical entities where they occur. The paper also deals with some of the current ideological movements and their geographical locations.

Keywords: Three Legged Movements, New Territorialities, New Regionalization, National Continental Scale, Social Tensions

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.31-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 264.877KB).

Prof. Pedro P Geiger

Professor, Department of Geography, State University of Rio de Janeiro, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Geographer of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. IBGE 1942-1978. Visiting Professor at the Columbia University, New York, at the Sorbonne I in Paris, at the State University of Texas, Austin, State University of São Paulo, USP, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, from 1984 to 1998. Author of Evolução da Rede Urbana do Brasil, of Estudos Rurais ma Baixada Fluminense, of chapter in books of Allen Scott and Michael Stoper Production, Work, Territory, Boston Allen & Unwin 1986, and others.

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