Globalization’s Contradictions: Geographies of Discipline, Destruction and Transformation Article Review Summary
Dennis Conway and Nik Heynen’s article speaks about how the non-separation of the messengers and the message has caused the western culture to have an impact on non-western culture which started the beginning of western modernization’s global diffusion; or colonialism. This resulted in a reflection of globalizing processes such as political, social, cultural, and hegemonic and liberating power. Like how innocence and identity, along with the knowledge of good and evil played a factor with who ate the apple at the Tree of Knowledge of Eden in the bible, a similarity of that was drawn with how the westerners and non-westerners dealt with contradictions such as cultural adoption, hybridization, and revelation although they were cultural bound.
The article the goes in dept tith how western cultural diffusion consists of hope, fear, and cautions any threat detected. The global processes that take place for a great period of time now have fluctuated in many shapes and forms. For starters, the eastern religion Buddhism was what actually launched globalization, this happened by combining various entities in terms of common religious principles and practices. Starting from the apostles Emperor Ashok, he helped spread Buddhism from Afghanistan to South East Asia, later having the formation of Islam and Christianity following behind.
Today, globalization differs much more than the past, due to the cross-cutting economic and cultural networks. According to Ali Mazrui, due to globalization, the world is becoming more alike as the years progress. The cause of this is hegemonization- which is the concentration of power in a country or civilization. In other words, hegemonic cultural homogenization and adaptive hybridization is formed. An example the article gave was if a communist activists wears a baseball cap.
During the early stages of globalization,...
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