Book Report on Anthropology of Globalization by Lewellen Essay examples

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It was a long, difficult reading of a technical-term-loaded text, but immensely enjoyed! So much more to be said, but I stop here. I look forward to your lively, insightful interactions and discussions.

Major Learnings

Chapters 1-2

o Contemporary globalization is an on-going process of not just economic flows, but also cultural flows—the increasing flow of trade, finance, culture, ideas, and people brought about by the technology of communication and travel and by the worldwide spread of neoliberal capitalism… (7).

o Globalization is a reality, as well as regionalization and localization. Neoliberal capitalism has a global dominance; regionalism, localization, and globalization form a single, unified system
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· No observed cultural convergence, but less cultural forms in the world.

o Being absorbed versus doing the absorbing.

o Compartmentalization as a means of appropriating foreign culture (e.g. Western culture), without abandoning their indigenous cultural identities (54)

o Consummerism is the dominant cultural force of globalization. To its extent, enculturation in global culture will happen.

o Global culture is only manifested in interaction with other local cultures. Without local culture in its healty existence, global culture is fully existent and manifested.

o For anthropological field work, necessary are migratory networks across multiple cultural boundaries and rather than long term participant observation, transient, brief union of necessary groups based on temporary need for intense shared experience (56).

o What is development? Globalization and development are two different concepts. Development is something that happens (or does not happen) within globalization.

o It refers to changes that occur in society as a result of the practices of modernization (67). On the other hand, development anthropology is different since it refers to planned changes at the community level by outsiders. (66)

o The irony of development is that it does not always benefit all. It is “highly uneven” (67).

o Destructive development or change

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