HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Christi. Power and insecurity: the politics of globalisation. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2009, vol.65, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 2072-8050.
Globalisation is presented by some as an inevitable force of history. However, it is very much the result of political and policy decisions made by powerful elites to advance their interests. Globalisation is not a benign, neutral process, but ideologically driven in the service of the rich and powerful. This ideology is neo-liberalism, which, in the name of ‘competition’ and ‘efficiency’, pursues a world in which the ‘market’ reigns over society. The impoverishment of Africa is a consequence of processes begun by political decisions in international organisations in which the odds are stacked against the South. Because of power imbalances, rules are made that disadvantage poor nations. Thus, international agreements have unequal outcomes. This article examines the effects of such decisions through the prism of the decimation of the clothing industry in South Africa. The article concludes with an exposition on insecurity as the leitmotif of the era.
Keywords : power imbalance; politics; globalisation; clothing industry; South Africa.