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The positive and negative effects of globalization

lisalisa Posts: 1,144 ✭✭✭
It is undoubtedly the case that the world today has become a global village. One of the effects of this is that increasingly people in all corners of the world are exposed to similar services and products and adopt similar habits. My view is that this is largely a beneficial process and in this essay I will explain why.

The first point to make is that there are some downsides to this process of cultural globalization, but these are relatively minor. The most significant of these disadvantages is that it can weaken the national culture and tradition. For example, if people watch films and television programmes produced in the United States, sometimes they adopt aspects of the lifestyle of the American characters they see on television. Typically, however, this only affects minor details such as clothing and does not seriously threaten national identity.

When we turn to the other side of the argument, there are two major points to make in favor of the process. The first point is the more we share habits, products and services, the better we understand each other and this reduces prejudice against other nations. The other point relates to modernity. It is a sign of progress in a society that people no longer are restricted to brands and advertisements from their own society but are able to access more international goods. If, for example, there were unable to drink Coca Cola or wear @!~*, then that would mean this society was not part of the international community.

In conclusion, I understand the point of view of people who worry about cultural globalization because it is a threat to national traditions. However, this is outweighed by its positive impact on international understanding and the fact that it represents progress within a society.


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 30,453 mod
    I agree that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages @lisa but it saddens me that in some places people are too ready to want to be 'westernised' and forget their own culture. That said, not all traditions and customs are positive, especially when it comes to some of the terrible ways women are treated (female circumcision, attitudes to women during menstruation, and so on).

    But I think the more the world becomes a small village, then the more people(hopefully) will understand each other and respect the differences. Sadly religion so often comes in the way of this.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,144 ✭✭✭
    edited December 2017
    I remembered one word I recited before:patrifocal

    In some indigenous inhabit, one woman equals one or more cattles.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 30,453 mod
    In North Africa it is the number of camels a woman is worth @lisa!
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,144 ✭✭✭
    Maybe it is the same with house in China :p
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