The Topics of Industrialization, Urbanization, and Globalization

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The Topics of Industrialization, Urbanization, and Globalization

K. Turner

The topics of industrialization, urbanization, and globalization are inextricably linked. The evolution of industrialization spawned the latter two social phenomena. Industrialization played a central role in many economic developments and improved the prospects for the improvements in health and social well being. Like every story, we can't seem to have the good without the bad. To establish the link between the three, we'll first start with industrialization and its pros and cons, and then we can transition into urbanization, and then conclude with globalization.

It was industry which caused massive migrations into inner city centers (urbanization), secondary to developing industries and the wealth of new jobs they created. These busy urban centers, prolific in mass production, became economic hubs through which business dealings with other business centers, such as those located abroad, would occur. This phenomenon engenders globalization, not only of material capital, but of human capital as well.

The benefits of the industrial age are ubiquitous. The plethora of available consumer goods, efficiencies in transportation, and advances in all types of communication, give evidence to the dynamic impacts that industrialization has had throughout the world. Improvements in production leading to an increase in the availability of jobs provides elevations in per capita income, this in turn elevates the overall standards of living and quality of life for certain individuals. A side effect was urbanization.

The positive effects of the situation, can and have, started to take a turn for the worse for some people, not in a pandemic fashion, but in a sporadic way throughout many large cities. The degrees of severity may be more endemic to certain areas, or affect certain peoples based on the demographics, as it pertains to geography. The downsides to urbanizations sequela include...