McWorld and Jihad

| May 20, 2015

Before proceeding to this essay assignment, please review as necessary the module notes, readings and videos assigned during the previous activities of this module.

This activity will enable you to
• Identify social arrangements interpreted as unjust and articulate the implications for social policy and action. (Sociology Major Outcome #4)
• Understand the process of globalization and its consequences for societies, cultures, groups, and individuals.
• Analyze international and global issues and problems and articulate how politics, cultural differences, economics, and religions may shape various perspectives and proposed solutions to these problems. (General Education Outcome # 5.3)
• Read the following from Lechner and Boli (Eds.),(2012). The Globalization Reader (4th ed.):

o Introduction to Part I
o Chapter 4: Jihad vs. McWorld
o Chapter 5: The Clash of Civilizations
• Watch the movie Global Jihad [Video file][22 min 00 sec]
• Read the lectures.
In a 1200-1500 word paper, not including the cover page, please write a well-argued essay that compares and contrasts the views of globalization expressed by Benjamin Barber and Samuel Huntington. Have a strong opening and also a very strong conclusion. Also In presenting and evaluating Barber’s and Huntington’s arguments, your essay must answer these four questions:
• (1)What are the features of “McWorld” and “Jihad” as described by the author?
• (2)How does McWorld provoke and support Jihad?
• (3)What does Barber find most threatening about globalization?
• (4)How does Huntington’s thesis support the fears of Jihad?

This paper should be in Microsoft Word, in APA format, double spaced and in 12–point font.

Evaluation Criteria

Keep the following points in mind:
• The project should demonstrate understanding of assigned reading materials for the module.

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