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What is globalisation?
• the increasing interconnectedness and
interdependence of societies
• this means that what happens in one
locality is shaped by distant events and
David Held et al
argue that there has been a
globalisation of crime – an
of crime across national
TASK: see if you plot, using arrows and
labels, the globalised nature of the study
you are considering.
Questions to consider:
Where do the crimes take place?
Where do the criminals come from?
How are the global links maintained?
Are the criminals aided by the new global
Who or what is moving from place to
How much do the criminals rely on local
Ian Taylor (1997): The Political Economy
Taylor argues that global developments create crime at both ends of
the social spectrum:
TASK: on the line below (represents the social spectrum) chart some
of the crimes globalisation generates :
2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster
The Morecambe Bay cockling disaster occurred on the
evening of 5 February 2004 at Morecambe Bay in North
West England, when at least 21 cocklepickers were
drowned by an incoming tide off the Lancashire/
A group of Chinese workers, who were collecting cockles at
low tide on sand flats at Warton Sands, near Hest Bank,
and who were to have been paid £5 per 25 kg of
cockles, were cut off by the incoming tide in the bay.
The workers were all illegal immigrants, mainly from
the Fujian province of China, and have been described as
being untrained and inexperienced