Globalization And The International Integration Process

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Revolutionaries (opponents) negatively associate globalization as a way in which corporations impose western beliefs and customs, supplanting traditional and cultural practices of global communities, hence creating homogenization. “How to Judge Globalism” reflects the views of the opposition as a “continuation of Western imperialism” (Sen, 2002). Presumably, globalization negatively affects social/cultural aspects of society as well as the environments and the economies of these regions. As corporations establish, they are, according to Wendell Berry, “[radically reducing] the number of people who… might be thought successful: the independent, the self-employed, the owners of small businesses or small usable properties, those who work at home”, disregarding the social implications, economic situations, and environmental concerns of resource draining of individual communities, of establishing large corporations in small communities. On the other hand, cheerleaders (proponents) define globalization as the international integration process by which worldviews, information & ideas, products & technologies, as well as other cultural aspects are interchanged, providing different global societies with the opportunity to learn about their global surroundings. In accordance with Appiah, globalization does not create homogenization; rather it reflects the heterogeneous nature of societies as it reflects “how people respond to… cultural imports depends on their existing cultural context”. Appiah “presents an alternative perspective, in which each individual actually draws their own boundaries around which aspects of the global economy… they want to ascribe to or not” (Prof. Bridget Landry- in response to assignment 3 comment), as individual... ... middle of paper ... ...” (Watson 79-80). Although I am Dominican, this does not mean that I cannot appreciate the practices, ideas, and cultural aspects of others and adopt them. This does not mean I am becoming ‘homogenous’, or rejecting Dominican values or customs, just adopting and mixing certain aspects I feel would make me a better and more erudite individual. Yet, internalization differs from person to person. Examining globalization on an internal level as well as external, I believe globalization is an inevitable, yet positive global phenomenon that needs reform. Having set the course for global communication and education, there is nothing that can detain its progression, and nothing that should prevent it. Yet, globalization requires reform, since it is not the concept of globalization that negatively affects society, but the methods employed for the expansion of this concept.

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