Causes Of Loss Of Cultural Identity

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This research project is centered upon the idea that individuals, specifically those in second and third world countries, need to protect their cultural identity by combating the imperialism of western, dominant cultures. According to research, some reasons behind this imperialism are war, totalitarianism, tourism, the need to fit in, peer pressure, immigration, and globalization. These reasons are prevalent in today’s society and can be seen worldwide. Some solutions to the problem that I found in my research are to create a multicultural society that embraces diversity, encouraging a multilingual society along with preserving dying languages, and protecting smaller villages and towns from tourism, industrialization, and globalization. While…show more content…
I have discovered that the three main causes of the loss of cultural identity are immigration, industrialization, and globalization. When people migrate to a new country, they often have to assimilate to the culture. They strive to fit in to the host culture, and then they start to lose their own culture. With industrialization, the rise of industry and growth of population is causing an outward expansion of cities. More and more land is needed for the cities and industrialized areas. It has become a growing problem that smaller cities and villages are being destroyed by this expansion. Globalization is becoming more and more of a problem with the rise of technology. Areas all over the world are getting to view the cultures and customs of other countries. As dominant countries and cultures arise, other countries are striving to become like these countries, whether economically or…show more content…
There is a lot of diversity within the different causes. There are also an abundance of examples of loss of cultural identity found through research. There is a plethora of examples, with a lot of diversity. For example, it spans from the United States to China to Europe. It shows a lot of different causes and effects of real life examples. However, it has been difficult to find many examples from one specific area. Therefore, I am having trouble narrowing my topic down to a specific geographical area. Another difficulty found in the research process is the ability to find solutions to the problem. While preserving language and protecting small towns will help the problem, there is no guarantee that these will completely combat the loss of cultural identity. Essentially, the loss of some cultural identity is inevitable, however there are some ways to slow down the process or help to preserve identity. Also, a lot of the solutions are very vague, and are not specifically stated how one would go about in doing so. It essentially comes down to “does the individual really want to preserve their identity?” If the individual does not want to, then it complicates the process of preserving his or her own personal identity. While I have run into several difficulties in this research process, they have not stopped me. I plan on taking measure to overcome these difficulties and turn them into
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