Globalization Is A Myth? Essay

2169 Words Sep 25th, 2014 9 Pages
“Globalisation is a myth. Critically discuss.”
Globalisation is both a convoluted and criticised concept, associated with varying definitions and debate within the sociological realm. Furthermore, Scholte notes that arguments about globalisation are not only limited to the issue of definition, but whether or not globalisation is in fact a myth (2000). As a result, globalisation attracts both advocates and sceptics, with each side of the argument expressing their views through their own definition of what globalisation is. Despite this controversy, Held et al provide one extensive and widely acknowledged definition of the term in their book Global Transformations. They define globalisation as “a process (or set of processes) which embodies a transformation in the spatial organization of social relations and transactions, generating transcontinental flows and networks of activity, interaction and power”. More succinctly, globalisation refers to the widening, intensifying, speeding up, and growing impact of world-wide interconnectedness. This essay argues, in accordance with the definition provided by Held et al, that globalisation is not a myth. Through exploring various sectors in which globalisation is seen to be occurring, such as economics, cultural events and technological advancement, both evidence and limitations of globalisation in contemporary society will be analysed. As a result, the sceptic and hyperglobalist arguments will be dismissed in favour of a…

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