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Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 4 (5), pp. 143-153, September 2014

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2014 GJSS

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 1202131005



Humanizing Globalization in the Context of Remaking the South: A Pragmatic Dialectics Explored


Alex Igho Ovie-D’Leone


Department of Political Sciences, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.


Email: or alexoviedleone @gmail .com


Globalization is generally seen as an ongoing universal change process occurring largely within a socially dynamic and mutually interactive context. It impacts radically and profoundly on all human communities simultaneously, but with varying intensities and outcomes. These changes have come with both real and hidden costs that further seek to widen the pervading gaps of socio-economic and political disparities in the usually contentious North-South cleavages. This dilemma also raises sundry questions that threaten to shake-up some of globalization’s fundamental assumptions and stereotypes premised on the claimant that it seeks to promote an evolving universal ethos - a sense of a common global village embracing all mankind. But as prevailing trends have shown in reality, globalization can be seen as an ominous vehicle merely seeking to perpetuate the continued dominance of the North over the South in a new remake that portends to further subjugate the latter exploitatively to the wily antics of the North. This paper argues that, both its logic and operating mechanics are totally at variance with the essence of a ‘universal brotherhood of humanity’ – that ideal notion of a globalist communitarian ethos shared by all mankind without discriminations or hypocrisies. Obviously, these shared values ideally are preconditions needed to promote sustainable peace, stability, growth/development on a global scale. The paper therefore concludes that, the lopsided outcomes of changes occasioned by ongoing globalization readily evoke a moral obligation and a duty on the part of the Southern elites to grasp initiatives at this instance of its ongoing remolding or remaking of the South. The South needs to regain its positional relevance in the mainstream of evolving global universalism currently sweeping across the world. Globalization mechanics ought now to be compelled one way or the other to wear humane faces – those that are cast in the imageries of veritable catalysts that dispense benefits equally to all human societies simultaneously without discriminations.

Keywords: Globalization, Commons Problems, Communitarian ethos, Universalism.


Alex Igho Ovie-D’Leone (PhD), Lectures International Relations/Politics at the Department of Political Sciences, Osun State University, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

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