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Globalistion has brought improved inter-relationships

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AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification

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"Globalisation has brought improved cultural, political and economic inter-relationships between societies."

To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence agree with this view of world development?

Cohen and Kennedy suggest that the function of sociologists today is to provide a 'sociology for one world', i.e., a global society that investigates and analyses the increasing interconnectedness and interdependency of the world. This is known as 'globalisation' - the emergence of a global economic and cultural system which, allegedly, is incorporating the people of the world into a single global society. It has been said that globalisation has brought improved cultural, political and economic inter-relationships between societies. Cohen and Kennedy argue that globalisation needs to be understood as a 'set of mutually reinforcing transformations' of the world. These include the following:

- Changes in the concept of time and space - Mass travel enables us, through tourism, to experience a greater range of other cultures, this improving cultural inter-relationships between societies.

- Economic markets and production in different countries - are becoming interdependent because of the growth in international trade, the new international division of labour, the growing influence of transnational corporations and the global dominance

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