Global Society

What is the definition of Global Society?


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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A global society is, in theory, one which defies the social construct of "to each their own", that is, of world citizens divided and segmented by language, ethnicity, creed, or culture.

Globalization entails extending communication, knowledge, and information to everybody in aims of becoming a collaborative culture where people, despite of their genetic or cultural difference, can still coexist, work, and learn together.

Therefore, a global society can be described as one which has overgrown the tendency to pull apart and has embraced a new culture of sharing and networking with people from all different backgrounds, mindsets, cultures, religions and other differences that in the past were used as excuses to keep us separated.

The advent of the Web 2.0 and the ubiquitous use of computers are the two most monumentally huge steps that helped society move toward social globalization. It is hard to picture this, but there was a time where people would have to actually wait weeks or months to receive any type of communication from anywhere far from them. Nowadays, people just push a button and talk to each other from one continent to another. It is a huge leap that has moved us forward as people and as citizens.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The term "global society" is used to refer to a society that is being built in modern times in which all the people of the world have a good deal in common with one another.  This is arising as a result of the increasing globalization that is going on in the world today.

In past times, the societies of various countries were very different from one another and were not particularly connected in many cases.  This was not a global society.  Today, there is an extent to which people in many different countries share common cultural experiences.  They may all, for example, be able to watch the English Premier League on TV and have that in common.  They may have movies from the United States or from India in common with one another.

Because of the internet and other forms of communication, we are in some ways moving towards a society that is more homogeneous around the world.  This is a global society.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A good definition of a global society entails two key elements. 

First, the notion of global is essential. In other words, global societies cannot be about one nation, no matter how big or influential. A global society, therefore, must be international. This happens when a nations are interconnected. So, when something happens in one part of the world, it is felt in another part. A good example of this happened this week. When China devalued their currency, it was not a local thing, but something that was felt in London, New York, and Toronto. 

Second, the notion of society is important. Even though people are removed, there is enough commonality that they not only understand each other, but also are in some ways vested in each other. There has to be a feeling of a society. In other words, the mentality is that we are all in it together.

ojedaml | Student

Thank you. It is a very good definition.