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What kind of visions of globalization does Children of Men present? How could this...

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Posted July 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM via web

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What kind of visions of globalization does Children of Men present? How could this science fiction/fantasy be interpreted as an allegory of globalization?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM (Answer #1)

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There are some distinct globalization elements in the film.  One such idea is a world without borders.  An aim of globalization is to create a world in which people see themselves as borderless, citizens of a global world, as opposed to one particular setting.  This is seen in Theo helping Kee, a British citizen helping someone from Africa.  The reality of anti- immigrant zeal is also a part of the globalized world, a response to globalization's easing of borders.  In the dynamic between the affirmation of globalization and resistance against it, one sees a modern parallel evident.  Additionally, the universality of human expression is something intrinsic to globalization.  The repetition of and ending of "Shantih, shantih, shantih," universalizes the Hindu expression of "peace."  With this inclusion, one sees how the film embraces the globalized perspective of a universal human experience, one in which the Sanskrit verse of peace that has been uttered for thousands of years can fit into a narrative of the future.

I think that the allegory of globalization is present in the hope and message of the film.  Globalization is, by definition, a movement of hope.  Through the use of technology and perspective that helps to make our world a smaller one, globalization stresses the idea that people can come together and solve problems across borders, nations, and regional identities.  Certainly, the way in which Theo helps Kee and in the sacrifice seen in assisting her embraces a globalized approach in the world.  

The hopeful message in the film's end is another reminder of globalization, embracing hope and promise in the face of despair.  Along these lines is the resistance to tyranny and oppression.  Globalization has come to mean an embrace of democracy and democratic forms of the good.  In its relatively short history, globalization has come to critique totalitarian and oppressive governments.  This is seen in the film as Theo and the resistance movement battle through and eventually are victorious over a repressive government.

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