What is cultural globalization? Illustrate with examples in relation to Britain or other countries.

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Cultural globalization is the interaction of cultures around the world that are becoming more and more similar. It is the opposite of cultural distinctiveness in which people keep their own cultural traditions that are very different from each other.

American culture has spread around the world. We can see this with American sports and American sports figures. Basketball is becoming a sport played around the world. Invented in the United States by James Naismith in 1891, basketball is now a sport with a worldwide audience. People around the world recognize the names of current star players such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry and former star players such as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. American football also is growing in popularity. The National Football League now plays three regular season games a year in London.

American businesses are found around the world. Starbucks and McDonald's are two examples of American businesses that can be found throughout the world. You will find these businesses in the major cities of many countries.

American entertainers are also famous around the world. The music of Prince and of Michael Jackson is known almost everywhere. Bruce Springsteen is also famous throughout the world. In the United States, we are familiar with the famous music of the Beatles and the music of Celine Dion.

There are several examples to show how cultures are becoming more similar throughout the world.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Cultural globalization is the phenomenon in which people from different countries come to have cultures that resemble one another instead of having completely distinct cultures.

I am not British, but knowing what I do about British culture, let me offer a few instances of globalization.

  • Food.  As in most places in the world, many foreign foods have become normal parts of the diet.  One example of this would be curry.
  • Sport.  In football, teams in the Premier League have players and managers from all over the world.  The English game has become less distinct from the way the game is played elsewhere.
  • Mass entertainment.  Entertainers from Britain become well-known outside Britain and foreign entertainers become famous in Britain.

All of these things are examples of ways in which British culture has become less distinct from the cultures of other countries.