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Assess the idea that globalisation leads to the eradication of cultures

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´╗┐Assess the idea that globalisation leads to the eradication of cultures Globalisation leads to transnational organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations. Also transnational companies such as Nike. Globalisation also leads to the developments in new technologies such as internet, fibre optics, and jet planes, this means there can be an instant link between one person searching on the internet about one specific culture and finding out everything they need to know whereas before this was not possible. This leads to the relativity of truth, the decline in Meta narratives and also mass tourism. These transnational companies such as Nike, Ford, Enron etc all cause developments around the world due to the fact that they can move around freely around the globe. This is called industrial migration. Big companies such as these move to places where labour is cheap and they build big, new developments such as city centres with big industrial buildings, and mines where they can exploit the local cultures. An example of this would be the kayapo, where they found that a gold mine was situated on their land and so they group was therefore split in two as one group wanted to sell the gold to the big corporations and get wealth for it, whereas the other half did not want to sell their land to the foreigners and so the culture of the kayapo was destroyed and the industrial companies exploited the native kayapos for their surplus value. ...read more.


The Mayers hired the masaai as the western tourists wanted to see firsthand the cultural beliefs, and also rituals in a traditional manner, even when it was their ancestors who had intentionally destroyed the culture of the masaai. The Mayers residence was closed down as the government thought that the Mayers were exploiting the masaai far too badly and so closed them down. The exploitation of the masaai is imperialism as the masaai people were hired as pretty much slaves and made to work for the people who had taken away their culture in the first place but made the masaai men and women show their traditional dances and lifestyle. The African sundowner is an example of tourism which is being subjected to a culture however it is not an authentic culture. It is an evening entertainment, which the staff are natives and they set up chairs, tables, bars and wait on the tourists for their food and drink etc, and midway through the night the ?native? people would start to dance around the tourists in a traditional manner and would involve the tourists as well so they felt it was universal and they were part of the culture as they were there. However the only reason the night happens is because it is a remake of a Hollywood movie made about the African sundowners in the 20th century. ...read more.


in 2008 the prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd issued an official apology to the stolen generations and also called for public recognition and reconciliation about the way in which the aborigines where treated and how the government had tried to cover up the ?genocide? of the aborigine people. This was the worst case of eradication of culture due to globalisation as they tried to completely eradicate the culture and the people of native Australia. As of today only twenty aboriginal languages are spoken regularly whereas before the invasion there were two hundred and fifty. In the figures of the population of Australia aborigine people make up two percent of the entire population in modern Australia today. In conclusion I think that globalisation is not a cause but definitely without a doubt leads and aids in the process of eradicating cultures. China, Peru, Botswana, Australia, and other countries that have allowed globalisation, their economies and have been taken advantage of, have also seen dramatic increases in inequality within their countries. Globalization is a threat to traditions. Globalization means many cultural changes, the loss of traditional existence, the increased marginalization of indigenous groups, and the problems associated with rapid urbanization and industrialization. Pollution, increased crime rates, dramatic inequalities etc all are things that globalisation brings to the country?s on a micro level. The government or company or even western country?s all benefit from globalisation however refuse to believe that it causes harm and destroys cultures and ways of life in the country they situate in. ...read more.

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