Effect Of Globalization On Culture Essay

832 Words Oct 11th, 2016 4 Pages
This week’s subject is a fascinating one; the effect of globalization on culture. While NGOs and others have subscribed to a philosophy of universal, or global, definitions of human rights and overall developement, there is another side to the argument. The idea that indigenous cultures have values and ways of thinking that are distinct, original and necessary to the growth and understanding of the rest of humanity is something that many are starting to accept. Unfortunately, this idea is also fractious by nature, as it asserts the value of one culture over, or at least as measured against, other cultures, especially the powerful and growing global culture. This assertion of value of even the most primitive of societies is disturbing because the forced march toward globalization by business seems to have had negative impact on these cultures. Perhaps we are in danger of losing cultures or at the very least losing major parts of cultures due to globalization itself.
This section also reflects the issue that much of the rest of the world has with globalization seeming to bring a distinctly American culture with it. Many of the first global businesses seen on the street by indigenous people are fast food chains. Because food can be central to a culture, these types of businesses can be said to be a very real attack on the basic cultures of the nations and regions they spread to. Additionally, when the U.S. or U.S. connected businesses enter an area, many time they also bring…

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