Globalization and Local Culture Essay by Peter Pen

Globalization and Local Culture
This paper analyzes the phenomenon of globalization and its effect on various local cultures worldwide.
# 68661 | 1,729 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2006

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This paper defines globalization as the name given to the growing connection and dependence experienced by most countries, societies and local cultures in regards to economy, education and technology. The writer of this paper questions whether or not certain cultures should decide to remain individual societies in the face of world globalization. The writer discusses the effects of globalization to the very existence of culture. This paper examines culture and globalization from an anthropological view point while detailing its impact on the village of Ladakh in northern India. The writer contends that the people of Ladakh moved away to the larger cities for better paying jobs while turning away from their village and their sense or responsibility to the community and the land.

Table of Contents:
Definitions and Background
Hopes and Fears
Integrating Cultures
Language Change
References Cited

From the Paper:

"The way traditional lands are used is not the only change globalization brings. Just as the form of change varies, so do the reactions by individual cultures. The way they react is determined by their cultural way of dealing with problems (Cobb 2005:563-574). These different reactions show part of the diversity among differing peoples around the globe. Some cultures choose to incorporate or adapt to forced change. The Trobriand islanders are an excellent example. The British missionaries frowned on the openly sexual and erotic celebrations of the Trobriand people at the conclusion of the yam harvest (Haviland et al. 2006:688). The ethnocentric reaction of the British missionaries was to introduce the game of cricket to replace the traditional celebrations (Haviland et al. 2006:688). Rather than fighting the change or accepting it completely, the Trobriand people incorporated the game into their celebrations and made it uniquely their own (Haviland et al. 2006:689). In this case the forced change did not replace the old ways, but rather, was absorbed into a new syncretic celebration."

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