Deviant Globalization in the Movie Syriana

Deviant Globalization in the Movie Syriana

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Deviant Globalization in the Movie Syriana

Deviant globalization can be better explained as an economic phenomenon; in that it is that global economy’s portion that meets demand for services and goods that are considered repugnant or illegal in one place by using supplies from a single part of the globe that has less active law enforcement or different morals, deviant globalization in his context can be seen not only as an economic concept but also a legal and moral one. Mainly since, it progresses at the regulatory and ethical intersections and majorly also exhibited in the inefficiencies of the law enforcements. In this understanding the arbitrage occurs wherever there is any disagreement on what is considered right in relation to the global markets, it is in such cases that the unscrupulous deviant entrepreneurs fill the gap or meet the demands.

It has been proved the processes for deviant globalization often occur in direct contrast to the current global legitimate governing systems. Organ trading, Smuggling, transnational crimes, and drug trafficking have always been existent, but in tandem with the economies and integration markets they have become more globalized in nature. The structure of the global economy is not equi-growth distribution designed. Where there are arbitrages and market failures options, of opportunistic behaviors will affect the incredibly fast growing deviant economies by driving them off balance (Ali, Awdini & Adan, 2009).

The people most affected by the deviant behaviors are the governments that have not yet realized that the deviance exhibited in their economies are features that are permanent in globalized nations; in that, they are neither to be eliminated or irritant but instead be properly managed through enforced laws and framework regulations.

The effects of deviance in globalization can be seen by the way it affects traditional national structures by tearing down and allowing mostly illegal actors to come in and control the created void. Once it has professionalized a deviant industry crack down would only add to promoting unchecked rule and innovation of heir underground enterprises that if unchecked would eventually overwhelm the legitimate countries economy (Pires, 2012).

Ignoring the indulgence of locally specified moral codes by policymakers is one way that they can address the deviant globalization issue, since the current policies provide ways for bad actors to take advantage of arbitrages. Through having a critical look at their real options policy makers can make better choices; in that they cannot globalize/universalize both the enforcement capacity/regulations and the underlying moral principle, then they will have to either accept that the uneven efforts of imposing them are more likely to lead to profit the illegal traders who through the moral arbitration can take undue advantage or consider putting aside moral principles. Another solution would be on the analysts who view and treat the deviant globalization as a problem that involves the system, in this way they can create varied options for managing its effects example; through making deviant globalization less harmful and practically speaking about it. They can also encourage the deviant actors or entrepreneurs to exist as a line of business example requires understanding the local political and legal conditions.

Syriana as seen in the above explanation of deviant globalization helps outline these facts by relating its narrative to current global events while maintaining a position that is non-political. This is done through adopting a multi-perspective approach like intersecting ensemble structure to highlight valid yet competing points on politics on oil, and deliberately impartial tone adoption by the film shown through plot devices and techniques in styles the issue is well addressed.

The narrative of the character Bennet Holiday is an example of how the U.S views the oil issue in that it shows the Connex-Killen members argument on why they should continue to allow the U.S through oppression and corruption to gain cheap energy, in the Middle East. They draw on their patriotic need of maintaining the American way of life, country’s interest can be seen as being justified in this context and it clearly proves that there is deviance in globalization transaction.

A member of the Committee to Liberate Iran, and an employee of Killen, (Danny Dalton) talk with Holiday also helps further highlight the deviance issue manly through his statement that says, “Corruption is our protection. Corruption is what keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why you and I are here in the white-hot centre of things instead of fighting each other for scraps of meat out there in the streets. Corruption is why we win.” Holiday, realizing the realities of the system, eventually lets the merger carry on” (Syriana, 2005). This shows that his view and later decision on the corrupt activities is a necessity for Americans. It is also a necessity to the ultimate justice in that for the people who control the law to them it is negotiable and flexible and can be changed as they see fit even if it means hurting others and to him powerful world nations control international influences (Syriana, 2005).

The cleric in the film also brings out the deviant aspect through his words, which seem to belittle other forms of belief systems but seeks to reason on facts like the failure of western capitalism and try to state that the Koran based theocracy teachings would lead to attaining greater justice in the world. His ideologies and those of his fundamentalist groups as manifested through characters like Wasim, who through the hidden activities of the deviance actors like in the acquisition of the company are made to suffer from the effects like being laid off from work. Through recognizing this complex global and local link, the structure ensemble in the film helps reveal the carefully intermittent decisions made by prominent figures that directly affect politics globally which also indirectly affect the identities and lives of individuals as in the case of Wasim, all show the hidden concepts of deviant globalization.


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Syriana. (2005) Dir. Stephen Gaghan. Perf. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris

Cooper, William Hurt, Mazhar Munir, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher

Plummer, Alexander Siddig. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2006. DVD: Two-disc special edition