Americanization And Globalization Case Study

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The first source is explaining the Americanization of the world that can occur as a result of social globalization. The source presents Americanization and globalization almost being one in the same when people refer to the standardization of the world’s culture to be American culture. The concern is that American culture may have an impact too drastic in other cultures, consequently assimilating various cultural groups in the world. This source’s opinion is that American culture has taken over the smaller, local cultures of the world. Due to this, traditions and customs developed from ethnic groups around the world have been “dumbed down” or “driven out” to make way for the rapidly emerging American way of life. An example of this source would …show more content…
In April 1992, the Los Angeles Times displayed the headline, “A Cultural Revolution in Beijing, via Golden Arches”. The article exhibited the world’s largest McDonald’s restaurant debuted in Beijing, claiming it to be a “cultural revolution”. The prices at these restaurants are high for the residents of Beijing, yet they have had ongoing success in China, and plans to continue to expand its horizons to new countries. Citizens of China are diverting their interests from their traditional foods to try something new with an American atmosphere, which may cause worldwide assimilation in the future. This source is a demonstration of the ill effects that globalization has towards our diverse identities. It is necessary that we do not give added priority to the American culture, and instead try to protect and highlight the variety of the world’s …show more content…
Globalization is a leading factor in what makes individuals in the world want to “consume” products that are not necessarily needed in their lives. The spread of economic and social globalization has increased the demand for products all over the world by making materialistic items popular and wanted. The demand that consumerism puts on companies creates a dangerous cycle of mass producing items in third-world countries where labor costs are inexpensive, such as Bangladesh. Producing massive amount of products in a place like North America would be uneconomical to companies with that sort of demand, so they opt to use sweatshops in places where wages are cheap and it is easy to employ plenty of workers to mass produce a particular item. The cartoonist has the ideological perspective that this process of manufacturing is unfair for the producers of the products. People on the other side of the world are making our garments and technologies that we use for leisure, yet they gain just enough to get by. This is shown in the cartoon by that money that we gain on our side and the conditions that the laborer’s face on their side. There have been many cases of companies that have used sweatshops to mass produce items for sale in America. Loblaw Inc. in Canada has set up sweatshops for their Joe Fresh clothing line in Bangladesh. In 2013, the illegally made building collapsed, taking over 1100 lives. The company

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