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Culture and Globalization

Can globalization and culture come together in the today's world of interconnectedness and cooperation? Is it not possible to follow both concepts at the same time? Let's take a look...
OpinionFront Staff
Culture and globalization are two different concepts. The word 'culture' originated from the Latin word, 'cultura', meaning 'to cultivate'. Culture is a way of life adopted by a certain group of people of a particular society at a specific time and place. While the second term, globalization, is an economic interaction amongst more than two countries. It shows global context than a limited interest of a country.

Every society has its own culture and way of life. Culture is established by a group of people who live together and adhere to some principles in their society. In a broader sense, culture is a phenomenon of inheritance, unconsciously adopted by a person who is born within that group. When a culture newly introduced to the globalization, people find it detrimental to their way of life. Such as they scared some inconsiderable concepts of other culture might take the place of their culture.

The foremost effect of globalization on the world is 'Westernization'. It is a modern concept that has been developing in the past few decades because of the impacts of western expansion and colonization. Westernization is a process, in which people practice or imitate western customs, lifestyle, and ideas. Here, we find globalization spreading its roots all across the world to make communication easier.

Some societies find globalization as a dominating concept. It might affect their lifestyle. If a society has complex cultural conditions like exploiting people on the ground of race, gender or class, people will surely try to get rid of such society. While on the other hand, a culture, the restricted group of people has some other issues like chauvinism, fundamentalism, religion, ethnic and racial hatred in controversy.

According to the views of developing countries, globalization increases phobia of inequality, conflicts, and instability. They cannot compete in business deals or cultivate their cultural values as compared to the developed countries.

One of the advantages of globalization is that it brings a worldwide identity. Everyone can represent their own culture and business independently. A country can take part in business deals as well as get a platform to share their culture with other.

Globalization is the one voice that represents world-wide communication. It welcomes all countries of the world, to increase interdependency and bridge the economic gap between two countries. After World War Two (1939-1945), globalization brought forth a cosmopolitan approach in the international market where all developed and developing countries could compete as well as share their culture with each other.

How does globalization help us?
  • It's a social collaboration that not only integrates a society to a larger world economy but also roots out its flaws.
  • Globalization nourishes innovative ideas that can be easily implemented.
  • Every society has its own cultural identity. You can learn a foreign language and lifestyle of other cultures as well as talk about your mother tongue.
  • It's a unity of world culture where people are able to share their beliefs, rituals, values, and goals.
  • Multiculturalism, a concept that emerged from globalization in 1960, maintains different cultures and promotes their social linking.
  • The theory of globalization enables to share and adopt culture of other countries.
Both concepts are interconnected to each other via movie, television, business, tourism, and Internet today. Assimilation of culture and globalization is a good way of communication that symbolizes one voice throughout the world.