Do you think globalization will result in the eventual creation of one homogenous "global culture"?Do you think globalization will result in the eventual creation of one homogenous "global culture"?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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You know what's really funny, ... the entire answer to your question hangs on the word "eventual."  Heck, that could mean next year OR a million years from now!

If you believe in evolution, and you want to take the latter possibility, then I think there is no doubt that, considering our ability to interact with one another (at least through technology at this point), we could become a global culture.

However, ... I think it is really hard to deny that there are still definite indications of nationalism and individualism, despite how much European countries sometimes try to pretend there are not.  There are MANY languages, ... and many of them are very important to the people that speak them!  There's also the simple idea that people with similar values tend to cling together, ... just take the high school cafeteria, for example.  Even the "goths" hang out with each other, ... being conformist in their non-conformity.

So, you want to know the real answer?  None of us can possibly know!  Fun to guess, though, eh?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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While some aspects of culture will continue to "homogenize," such as wearing apparel and transportation alternatives, many aspects will remain the same--as is the case now. Different religions may continue to "flavor" various aspects of different cultures so that mosques, synagogues, and churches continue to affect a range of choices from attire to moral choices. Hinduism and Buhdahism may continue to affect spirituality through practices like meditation and Yoga and Qi Dong. Traditional foods, singing, and dancing will continue to be practiced (if only for exhibition) even while cusines are opened up to larger arrays. Languages, which shape perception, will continue to be diverse (even while many are being lost forever), even though multi-lingualism may become the norm. These seem trivial but are the stuff of daily experience, and daily experience is the stuff that makes up a large part of cultural experience.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I certainly do not believe this is the case. In a sense, what we see as a result of globalisation is the hybridisation of cultures and the creation of new sub-cultures thanks to the collision between cultures that globalisation leads to. Whilst we might lament the passing of cultural purity, we must acknowledge that to a certain extent cultures have always been "hybrid," as any examination of aspects such as music or cooking will show.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I hope not - part of the appeal of travel and meeting people from other parts of the world is learning about the differences in cultural attitudes and practices. Besides, cultures are affected by factors like geography and climate of the areas in which they are formed - globalization won't change the fact that the culture of the northern Arctic native people is going to be different than the culture of the Polynesians of the South Pacific.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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No I don't.  There are 6.5 billion human beings, in hundreds of cultures, ethnicities, tribes, countries, and languages.  Globalization has certainly broken down economic boundaries and "shrunk" the world, promoted cultural interaction and exchange, and lowered the prices of many goods, services and commodities, but human culture is much more complex than an economic interaction.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, globalization will not result in a homogeneous culture. Take the United States, for example. We are one united country, but still don't have a homogeneous culture.  Tradition is even stronger in other parts of the world.  While we will come together in some respects and begin to resemble each other, we will never all be the same.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't think it will.  I think that there are just too many cultural differences that wouldn't really be affected by globalization.  For example, my Japanese friends never touch other people (unlike Americans who touch and hug all the time, right?).  I just don't see where increased globalization is going to change things like that.  This will be even more true with cultural differences that are based on religion, I think.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I hope this question is sent to the discussion board; I believe that is where it properly belongs. To answer the question as best one can, it certainly is a possibility. Languages, cultural habits, even racial identities, blend very easily upon contact and interaction with each other. To cite just one example from history, many languages have words from other languages which were adapted as a result of interaction. The same might be said of clothing, diet, etc. I do not think that a homogenous culture will occur within the next 200 years; but with the growth of uniformity, I believe the world is definitely moving in that direction.

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