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As a subject of extensive scholarship and a potent political buzzword, globalization is a deeply polarizing concept that inspires conflicting views about its effects. In the United States, popular debate often describes globalization as having uniformly positive or negative impacts on the country’s economic health. This line of reasoning is employed particularly with respect to shifts in the labor market and its implications on Americans’ economic prosperity. This reasoning, however, is not a theoretically sound or an empirically useful way to describe and understand the economic impact of globalization, for it implies that a complex, multifaceted phenomenon produces uniform results (whether positive or negative) and neglects consideration of factors that mediate the impact of globalization. This binary approach, moreover, leads to highly simplified explanations of the current social, economic and political divisions in the United States.


Political Science

Thesis Comittee

Dr. Shaheen Mozaffar, Thesis Advisor

Dr. Inkyoung Kim, Committee Member

Dr. Rachel Navarre, Committee Member

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.