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Culture, Power, and Globalization

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Culture, Power, and Globalization

“Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.”
-Jimmy Carter
After reading Kwame Appiah’s writing from “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers” and Franklin Foer’s “From How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization,” I now believe that an individual’s view toward globalization really depends on personal life experience.   Now that I have found an article from Foreign Policy Magazine called “Globalization’s Last Hurrah?”, this helped me understand globalization even better and gives a better look on whom and how globalization affects the world.   So, how does power and culture affect globalization?
It was difficult to judge the affects of globalization until an index was created in 2001 (“Foreign Policy”, 3).   A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine created their Globalization Index to measure different countries ranking and level in which globalization is used.   The Index calculates its figures by countries on how involved they are with technology, political engagement, personal contact, and economic integration.   Even though they have come up with this very in-depth and calculated procedure, you have to ask, why isn’t culture involved with the calculation of this index?
To better understand the culture of globalization and power you have to look deeper.   After reading Appiah’s writing, it gives us a better understanding of the effects and understanding of culture and globalization.   Kwame Appiah as we know grew up in Ghana (Ghana is currently ranked 110th on the Index of Globalization) and has had a different life experience then many of us who have read his work.   Many of the concepts presented throughout his life, shows us how he was raised different from many of us.   Appiah uses his father to describe the...

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