Possible article for my essay on teaching globalization. In the June 20 (Father’s Day) issue of the New York Times, Bruce Stockler’s “Father Outsources Best.” The op-ed piece is written as a letter to his children imagining that his job as father has been outsourced to Bangalore, India.
As Anjali points out, the article unfairlydirects resentment towards Indian people who are ostensibly benefitting from globalization at the expense of American people. What I find interesting (and upsetting) about the essay is the extent to which the essay hinges on a crisis in masculinity through the concept of a father whose authority in the family has been displaced by globalization. In this sense, I think the essay will fit nicely with the “crisis in masculinity” narrative that contends with and underwrites Fight Club’s “anti-corporate” narrative (I don’t believe the film to be truly anti-corporate, but merely tapping into those tensions so they can be resolved later in the film).
I’m currently working through David Held and Anthony McGrew’s Globalization/Anti-Globalization, which lays out many of the issues I’m planning to address quite nicely. More later as this essay continues to evolve.
Update: Corrected to clarify vague referent. I need to proofread my blog entries more carefully from now on.