go to top

Possible Futures for a Global Culture

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Globalization holds out the prospect that the world might become a single place, but the resulting integration is often perceived as increased sameness through new information technologies and the spread of consumer culture.  In this vision, whether defined as cultural imperialism, Americanization, or the triumph of market capitalism, global culture tends to be seen as an imposed uniformity and the demise of local cultures. Globalization becomes the arch destroyer of long-sedimented traditions along with accompanying artistic and cultural heritages.  

Yet the question of what a global culture could be, and whether new ways of life and values could emerge and become widespread as a result of it, remains intriguing.  Of course, there is always the possibility of deglobalizing reactions, as fundamentalist and anti-globalization movements are also actors on the global stage and have their own particular role to play in the formation of a global culture. But the emergence of a global culture and the form it takes could have compelling implications for the relationship between individuals and the international arena as we know it. ...

Want to Read the Rest?
Login or Subscribe Today.
Get unlimited access to must-read news, analysis and opinion from top experts. Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 9,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.

YES, I want to subscribe now.