Cultural Globalization: Fear of the Unknown Essay

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Cultural Globalization: Fear of the Unknown Cultural globalization is a term often used to describe the influence of one national culture on another. This is perhaps more prevalent in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Although America is often viewed as the villain with regard to globalization, it is clear by the diversity of cultural groups in America, that this nation is also the recipient of global culture. With such a diverse cultural population it’s foreseeable to think there will be differences of opinion when it comes to discussion cultural importance. For every society believes it is their culture that sets them apart and makes them unique. Differences in cultural beliefs often leads to the “Us vs Them” …show more content…
Globalization increasingly provides the subtext for the American cultural split”. (Foer p.646) The fear of cultural change is understandable, but understanding the benefits of cultural change is what makes globalization promising. To understand why there is the fear of cultural change we must first look at why culture is so important. After all culture doesn’t involve a tangible item or have monetary value. Culture is a way of life of a group of people based on the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, that are passed along from one generation to the next. Using this definition it is easy to understand why people would be resistant to a cultural change. Globalization is often looked at as a threat to national culture and therefore it has the power to diminish a nation’s identity. Many societies rely on their culture as a means of identity, or a way of setting themselves apart from the rest of the world. Being unique is what makes their culture valuable. The idea of being stripped of one’s culture is certainly not a promising thought, but the idea of enhancing your culture through others becomes much more appealing. When the notion of “Us vs Them” becomes “Us and Them” these separate cultures become multicultural and begin to experience change in a positive way. Societies now find themselves wearing the same clothes and eating the same foods. For example, look at the popularity of Levi’s jeans in Japan and the flood of franchises

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