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           The above image to my perception is a picture that represents globalization.

            Many people consider that globalization would create huge cultural differences.  The effect of globalization over homogeneity ad heterogeneity of the cultures has also not been understood clearly (Lechner, 2001).

            In the above mentioned picture, it is seen that two different individuals unite together and bring their hands cupped together in the form of an earth.  Both the hands form each half of the earth, and would complete the shape of the globe.  The two individuals who have brought their hands together are from different cultural background – one individual is a White whereas the other is a Black.  From the point of unity of both the hands, the color is changing to blue representing the oceans of the world (and how the world would look from the heavens).  Besides, both the hands would complete the different nations that are present on the earth.

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The picture would encourage globalization in that a linkage would be established permitting people from one nation to unite with people from another nation.  As cultures unite, the differences between the cultural groups would reduce and heterogeneity would reduce.  As people cross seas and oceans, local ideas are overcome by more global ones and this would lead to huge changes in the cultural environment.  Once the global environment is being established, such cultures and environments become more powerful and would have a positive effect over others that do not have a global culture.

            People feel that globalization would not foster cultural diversity (Global Blogspot, 2008).  Many of the multinational corporations are creating a kind of western culture that would not accommodate local ideas.  Many people also falsely consider that the Western ideas are universal and would reign supreme over the local ideas.  Also the local companies and people would get a false idea of globalization and would strive to maintain a false feeling in the community in the name of globalization.  The term ‘Americanization’ may not represent globalization and several countries are moving towards Americanization rather than globalization (Lechner, 2001).

A more global environment is one in people from different cultures will mix, interact, understand and respect people from other cultures.  They would encourage all the cultures to thrive in such an environment, providing equal opportunity for all groups and religions.  There is a natural tendency for cultures to flow and mix about from one place to another, as it has been occurring since ages.  This should be continued, in spite of the various international borders which we have drawn.  Initially, there may be certain amount of conflict with such groups, but with time, as cultures tend to understand each other, integration of ideas and people will occur (Lechner, 2001).  Differences and conflict need to be resolved through mutual discussion and understanding.  A more global environment would be very much different from a local environment.  People would provide different ideas and there would be greater amount of diversity.  Hence, there are better chances for such a society to prosper.  Several international instruments such as international treaties, multinational corporations hiring people from diverse cultures, business models, free trade, diverse investments, etc, can act as a stimulant for globalization.  However, there are certain precautions that should be kept in mind during the process of globalization.  Individuals or cultural groups who are unable to understand or learn a common language that would favor cultural interactions are at the risk of isolation, indifference and not succeeding in the global environment.  Besides, although a global environment would become homogenous with time, there are also possibilities that a mixed process of homogenization and heterogenization would occur at the same time (Lechner, 2001).

Work Cited

Frank Lechner. “Globalization Issues.” 2001. The Globalisation Website. 26 January 2009

Global Blog Spot. “Globalisation and Culture.” 2008. Global Blog Spot. 26 January 2009


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