Monday, 14 November 2016

Cultures and Globalization

What are the characteristics of culture?

Culture is a term that defines the characteristics of people of a specific area at a specific time.These characteristics are mostly their behavior,their beliefs, their way of thinking, their feelings,their preferences,their language, their food, their appearance and their religion.

How is culture transmitted?

First of all, culture is not a biological trait for every native, it is learnt.
Culture can be transmitted in various ways. Some of them are: By imitation,children sometimes imitate their parents and they learn their culture and traditions through this; from stories that older people like uncles, aunts, grandparents or parents narrate to their children and are related to their culture; from their language, which is an essential characteristic of culture that passes down from generation to generation and transmits a part of one's national identity.

The concept of globalization
The worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration.
Globalization implies the opening of local and nationalistic perspectives to a broader outlook of an interconnected and interdependent world with free transfer of capital, goods, and services across national frontiers. However, it does not include unhindered movement of labor and, as suggested by some economists, may hurt smaller or fragile economies if applied indiscriminately.


How does globalization affect culture?
Globalization can affect culture sometimes.Through globalization it is easy for not so widely popular native traditions, languages, music and generally culture to be consumed in the mass of the most popular cultures of the most financially developed places.
Many languages (and traditions) have gone extinct and numerous others are endangered while losing in popularity (e.g. Irish)

My opinion on the issue
From my point of view, even though I don't follow all the traditions having to do with Crete or Greece, I still like culture as an idea and I feel sad when I hear that cultures are becoming extinct and forgotten because of globalization.I feel like one's culture is a part of their identity and shall not be forgotten that easily.

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