Samuel Huntington suggests that any notion of an emerging “universal civilization” implies the “cultural coming together of humanity and the increasing acceptance of common values, beliefs, orientations, practices, and institutions by peoples throughout the world.” While Huntington finds little evidence that this is happening, Amy Chua claims that most peoples of thew world “hate” Americans (by which she means the U.S.) partly because Western culture is exerting itself on peoples of the world due to market dominance. So….what is happening? Is there such a thing as cultural globalization? What evidence is there of increasing cultural integration and convergence, and of sharing and acceptance of language, beliefs, values, religion, ideas, practices, social norms, and expressions?
And as a class, what we are further interested in are the following two questions:
1. So, what causes this? What are the “mechanisms” (institutions, policies, laws, habits, practices, phenomena) that encourage this? And…
2. What contemporary global issues does cultural globalization contribute to? Benefits? Problems?