The Dual Function of Globalization

While globalization has removed economic and political control from the local and national level, it has allowed social development to transcend its local and national limitations and develop a global consciousness that has brought us closer together.

The Disempowering and Empowering Nature of Globalization

Globalization disempowers us by making control of events distant and removed and it also empowers us by giving us a global means of expressing ourselves free from our national constraints. Till now globalization has been about corporate profit and expansion. What progressives need to do is to use globalization as a means of linking and networking the people of the world into global associations of common interests and concerns.

While I agree that the “locally grown” movement was a reaction to agricultural globalization, I also believe that this movement is in its infancy and as it matures it will increasingly interact globally with other local groups creating new planet hybrids and fusion cuisines that will enrich both cultures.

Global versus National Culture

The dominant culture today is the global culture that is the result of the global events that are now defining our societies. This global culture has become the dominant culture because it is the one against which all of our national cultures have to define themselves.

Global trade in the arts and economics as well as global climate change and diminishing natural resources have all contributed to the development of a global culture with a global understanding of ourselves that transcends our national identities.

Today our personal identity is increasingly globally based. It is our global similarities not our national differences that determine who we are as individuals. This cosmopolitan culture provided by globalism is based on individual choice. While national culture is imposed upon a person, global culture is formed through individual choice.

Dominant and Sub-Dominant Cultures

In order to be able to understand culture, it is important to see it in terms of what it actually was instead of what we imagine it to be. Cultures are born, absorbed and die. What is most important is not the cultures of the past, but the cultures that we will create for ourselves in the future.

In the multi-cultural world that we live in we have come to believe that all cultures are the same in term of their contemporary and historical effects. While this idea is a very democratic way of trying to be all-inclusive, the truth is that every era had one culture that dominated the others.

This dominant culture was the one that people used on a daily basis. It was also always the one against which all of the other sub-dominant cultures had to define themselves against. Throughout history there have always been dominant cultures that defined the era and sub-dominant cultures that had to follow the lead of the dominant ones. The difference between dominant and sub-dominant cultures is, the dominant culture is the culture through which the changes of the times occur, dominant cultures are the ones that define the times because they are the times.

Globalization is our New RealityWell! I finally got my computer back so I’m back in action. It has been a tumultuous few of weeks. The Iranian election demonstrations and Michael Jackson’s death are both examples of how globalization has redefined our new realities. The Iranian election demonstrations have shown that globalization makes domestic situations global in character despite all of the efforts of the Iranian government to isolate its actions from the eyes of the world. Well! I finally got my computer back so I’m back in action. It has been a tumultuous few of weeks. The Iranian election demonstrations and Michael Jackson’s death are both examples of how globalization has redefined our new realities. The Iranian election demonstrations have shown that globalization makes domestic situations global in character despite all of the efforts of the Iranian government to isolate its actions from the eyes of the world.

Well! I finally got my computer back so I’m back in action. It has been a tumultuous few of weeks.  The Iranian election demonstrations and Michael Jackson’s death are both examples of how globalization has redefined our new realities. The Iranian election demonstrations have shown that globalization makes domestic situations global in character despite all of the efforts of the Iranian government to isolate its actions from the eyes of the world.

Another example of our current global reality is Michael Jackson’s death. The sincere global outpouring of grief has again shown that he was not simply a national figure but actually a global one that transcended any national character that he may have begun with. Both of these instances show how we really live in a global world where we identify with people and things that go beyond our national boundaries.  We see our national identities according to our past. Today our global identities are where we really live and where we will be going towards in the future. 

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