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discussion sheet 4 - Sefali Patel March 9, 2010 Global East...

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Sefali Patel March 9, 2010 Global East Asia (01:098:245) Discussion Sheet # 4 As an aspect of social life concerned with the symbolic construction, articulation, and dissemination of meaning, the cultural dimension is necessary in an adequate examination of globalization. Cultural globalization involves the intensification and expansion of cultural flows across the globe. Language, music, and images comprise the major forms of symbolic expression; therefore, they assume a special significance in the sphere of culture. Author Manfred B. Steger and journalist Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin further explore the cultural dimension and its influence on globalization. In “Globalization: A Very Short Introduction,” Steger focuses on three important themes of cultural globalization. Steger begins with the tension between sameness and difference in the emerging global culture, questioning whether globalization makes people around the world more alike or more different. Hyperglobalizers argue that globalization makes people more alike, or homogenous. Whereas optimistic hyperglobalizers see it as desirable, pessimistic hyperglobalizers see cultural homogenization as undesirable. These pessimistic hyperglobalizers argue that rather than exploring the diversity of the world’s existing cultures, we are witnessing
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2011 for the course ASIAN STUD 245 taught by Professor Schalow during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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