Globalization Essay

1055 Words Mar 20th, 2012 5 Pages
Globalization and Culture
Culture regarded “as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs“. Culture can also be understood as communication, in the sense that all the involving features stated before are trespassed inside the social groups through both direct and subtler ways of communication. [Adrian, 2011]

Critics of globalization contend that, even if increased trade promotes material prosperity, it comes with a high spiritual and cultural cost, running roughshod over the world’s distinctive cultures and threatening to turn the globe
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When we borrow across cultures, we are, as Plato would suggest, on a second or even a third level of reality, so we’re distancing ourselves. For instance Christianity is neither a Ghanaian culture nor an African culture, we have shy away from the indigenous traditional religion to Christianity. Today people hide under the pretext of Christianity and perpetuate all manner of evil which would not have happened in the past.

Our way of dressing that shows our identity has been overtaken by the western style of dressing and that a Ghanaian is not different from American or English. A northerner is not different from southern, we all look alike by dress. In the past just by what one wears clearly shows his/her origin.

Fast food is the perfect food for a busy industrial economy and the mother of many illnesses. The traditional TZ or the Fufu and Apontyi Krakra in the past nourished the body and soul. Today by virtue of globalization one can find KFC, McDonald, Papaye, Mr Biggs at every corner.( http://www.cato.org)

Religion and Globalization
RELIGION and globalization these days, one of two views immediately comes to mind. First, there is the way in which globalization flattens out cultural differences, erodes local customs and beliefs, and spreads a secular, capitalist way of life that is at odds with religions of all sorts.
At the same time, there is the way in which religion serves as the source of globalization’s greatest resistance and as a haven for those

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