Globalization Is Not A Myth?

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Globalisation can be considered to have various definitions, however the fundamental concept of the term is generally regarded as the “process of becoming worldwide in scope or application, which results in increasing interdependency of nation-states”. Despite this concept being fairly obvious to some, sociologists and others alike argue over the substantiality of globalisation and whether in fact it actually exists. As a result, globalisation attracts both advocates and sceptics, with both sides of the argument generally ordaining their claims through their own definition of what globalisation is. This essay will assess the substantiality of these definitions and consequential viewpoints in order to address whether or not globalisation is in fact a myth. This essay argues that globalisation is not a myth, and when defined as a process can be seen in various sectors such as economics, culture and technology. By choosing a specific definition of globalisation, one is also selecting how they wish to interpret it, and what points they wish to convey. For example, a western/modernisation influenced definition of globalisation leads to the view that globalisation is the economically and politically powerful West globalising the rest of the world. On the other hand a definition stemming from universalisation leads to a more neutral stance, derived from the dictionary definition of the word 'globalise ', meaning to universalise. As globalisation can have varying definitions, judging whether or not globalisation is a myth requires full understanding of what the term means to both critics and advocates, as well as their reason for this belief. Giddens simplifies the spectrum of debaters into two main categories - the sceptics and the r... ... middle of paper ... ...lobalisation is a myth is ludicrous. Globalisation is the process of becoming worldwide in scope or appliance and the increasing interdependency of nation-states. It is a commonly accepted definition of globalisation that is required to put an end to back and forth debate between advocates and sceptics. This is important to social theory, as with such a definition in place it is then possible to start truly analysing globalisation - looking at why it 's happening, what it 's leading to and the effects it is having. Therefore, it can be concluded, by the definitions expressed in the essay anyway, that globalisation is not a myth and can be seen in various sectors such as economics, culture and technology. It is evidential a belief that the world is currently fully globalised is in fact still a myth. However, to say that globalisation does not occur at all is not.
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