Department of Geography Public Lecture Series

18th Mar 2014, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Edge Hill University

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Globalisation, Localisation or Re-Westernisation? Neo-imperialist division of labour, trade and consumption in the in the 21st Century – Dr Tasleem Shakur, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

The Industrial Revolution in Europe resulted in a radical change in the pattern of employment, labour, trade and consumption in the late 19th century;

The Medieval age ‘silk route’ from China to Central Asia was replaced by the mercantile sea routes from Europe to Asia, Africa and Latin America; The change from agrarian/mercantile economy to factory-produced industrial economy created an unequal world of ‘have’ and the ‘have nots’; European-based industrial division of labour and consumption pattern became the ‘business norm’ for the rest of the world.

However, the internal market economies in many developing countries have not changed much. Even with the late twentieth century’s ‘information revolution’ (and super highways) in the West, which further polarised the division of labour in terms of ‘call centres’ and ‘garment factories’ in the South, there seems to be different kind of ‘localisation’ and ‘regionalisation’ of different continents.

While 21st century America and the European world are facing further inequalities within their own geographies, the developing world (including China, India and the Middle East) seems to provide both a niche market for the West while taking a neo-colonial stance towards other weaker countries.


5:00pm –  Registration, Refreshments and facilities tour
5:30pm –  Public Lecture
6:30pm –  Event close

To book onto the event, please contact Patricia Burrows (email:; Telephone: 01695 584263)