Globalization and the Nation State Essay

1609 Words Nov 15th, 2006 7 Pages
Globalization – Struggles of the Nation-State and Issues of Equality

Economic growth in globalization is often due to rapid technological advancements and changes in the gathering of information and communications. Globalization has always existed but today's globalization has been a much more rapid and intense process than in the past. The question here is whether today's globalization weakens the nation state and whether or not it undermines national control over the economy. We are trying to determine whether or not globalization leads to a greater social and economic inequality in society. We will begin by discussing how the globalization of economy has played the largest role in changing today's world. Following the economical
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In doing so this force pushes for stronger economic and market powers. Focus is thus shifted away from individuals political and civil rights. While Jihad divides the population across tribal, religious and racial planes, it struggles to encourage community, but its manners of doing so usually bring about military rule and dictatorships. These forces thus seem to undermine democracy no matter how they struggle for the betterment of community and country.
Unfortunately it seems that the globalization of culture is becoming more and more the "Americanization" of culture. Because of the huge impact western civilization has on the rest of the world, through movies, fashion, music, etc., it seems as if world culture is becoming more and more homogenized in the "American Dream" value system. As the world fights against the adoption of this Americanized culture, nations struggle to maintain their own cultures. This Americanization is therefore not necessarily negative if cultures are unifying but they are also reinforcing their individual strengths. By sharing certain values, traditions and beliefs across nations, we are creating a world culture which keeps the world's nations closer and more peaceful. Ideally, the more similar the world's nations are the less likely they are

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