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Angela Johnson

2004 Research

Abstract: Corporate Plutocracy "Are Corporations the New Lawmakers?"

Mentors: Dr.Fred Strange and Dr. Doug Orr, Anthropology

One definition of globalization is "the process of denationalization of markets, politics and legal systems; the rise of the so-called global economy" (globalization.com). This is a neutral-sounding definition. What is concealed within this definition is a firmly driven ideology and a hint of the means for achieving the underlying neoliberal goals. "neoliberalism" is the label for the prevailing ideology of mainstream globalization, Structural Adjustment Policies (SAP's) are its policies, and agreements like NAFTA and FTAA are among the principle vehicles aimed at accomplishing its ends. "Today's globalization is occurring because political leaders no longer believe that state/nation-directed economic decision making is the path to prosperity" (Lindsey). It is because of this belief that is held by many political leaders, that the process of globalization is progressing at such an astounding rate. One of the areas where this is most evident is the area of trade agreements. Recent trade agreements have been broadening, and taking on new agendas. Political leaders see the road to prosperity being paved with free-market guided economies, and they prescribe free trade agreements as a global cure for the economic problems within nations.

2003 Research

Abstract: Sustainable Development or Globalization? The Plan Puebla Panama

Mentor: Dr. Fred Strange, Anthropology

The Plan Puebla Panama is an economic development project which will include all seven countries in Central America and the Mexican States of Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz, and Yucatan. This research will look at the goals and initiatives of this plan as well as address the failings of the plan and the potential consequences for the region. To better understand development of this nature, this research will also look at the theories that promote economic development in the periphery and the agendas of those institutions that support the Plan Puebla Panama. The consequences of previous development will be discussed to support the position that this plan will not be beneficial to the environment or the people of the region.

Presentations

12th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/7-9/2003

7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 19, 2004

58th NW Anthropology Conference--Spokane: 3/17-19/2005

8th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

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