Introduction

Image: Mall culture in Jakarta

Mall culture in Jakarta

 

We talk about globalization today as if it’s some great big new thing that we’ve all just discovered. But there’s really nothing new about it. ~ Jacqueline Winspear

In this section, we will skim the surface of globalization with a particular emphasis of the history of modern era of globalization and its effects on indigenous peoples. Modern economic and political development is driven by the assumption that modernization and development will be beneficial for all people; however, cultural differences are not taken into consideration, often leading to the destruction of indigenous cultures. Understanding the context of modern development enables us to understand our own place in an increasingly interconnected world.

By the end of the chapter, you should be able to answer the following questions:

What is globalization?

How did the modern era of globalization develop?

What is the relationship between culture and globalization?

Start with this TedTalk video of Wade Davis, anthropologist in residence at the National Geographic Society, speaking about endangered cultures [run time: 22.04].

 

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References

Cultural Anthropology · History of Anthropological Theory