Globalization : A Contemporary Form Of Cultural And Economic Integration

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Throughout chapter eight, the audience is exposed to different examples of globalization. Globalization is referred to as “a contemporary form of cultural and economic integration facilitated by electronic media, international financial institutes, trade agreements, and national immigration policies” according to Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey (Kirk and Okazawa 2013,G-3). In other words, globalization is how different nations interact, exploring each other’s cultures, and sometimes adopting their customs. This sharing of ideas is made possible by migration, which is defined as “huge movements of people mainly according to the needs and priorities of dominant nations” (Kirk and Okazawa 2013, 364). An example of such a movement took place during the seventeen and eighteen hundreds when 12 million West Africans were migrated to the “New World”, and other parts of the world as slaves (Kirk and Okazawa 2013, 364). Towards the end of this era, the United States was also gaining industrial power, causing a large migration of European immigrants who were seeking better economic opportunity and a more fulfilling life. With the abolition of slavery, the United States saw workers of many ethnic backgrounds begin to migrate in to fulfill the new need for laborers. However, it is important to note that not all globalization is a result of mass migration; globalization can occur a number of other ways. We will discuss three such movements which take place across and within national…

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