Analysis of Two Articles that Explore Globalization

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Two significant articles that explore how young people engage with global culture from different perspectives are the UN's 'Young People in Globalization World' (2003) and Arnett's 'The Psychology of Globalization' (2002). In its article the UN takes the socioeconomic approach to examine how young people engage with global culture. They claim that the level of young people participation is divergent and this depends on their financial resources and their location. This gives engagement priority to urban educated people and enhances social segregation between rich and poor. In contrast, Arnett's argues that the psychological aspect of globalization helps youth to form different kinds of identities namely bicultural identity, identity of …show more content…
Throughout its article the UN advocate that the young people 'reappropriated' global products to find meaning for their local content (Bennett, 2000 cited in UN, 2003 par 21). They gave an example of the Congolese young men (Friedman,1990 cited in UN, 2003 par 22) who form their new identity to increase their status through using global commodities. They integrate the global culture with their local culture. The UN also cited another example of young Maronit's in Lebanon (Kraidy, 2002 in UN, 2003 par 24) who combine both global and Lebanese's local culture to come up with a hybrid identity in the conflict between 'modern and tradition'. This can be seen as a struggle to form a new space which gives them a chance to accepting and rejecting Western and Arab cultures in order to reconstruct their identity. There is a contradiction in the UN overview, this because they gave the hybrid identity a positive view, but indeed they presented it in a negative context. On the other hand, Arnett claims that globalization has changed the local culture and most people have taken this opportunity to form bicultural identity or hybrid identity which allows them to participate in both their local and global culture (Arnett, 2002 par 24, 27). An illustration of this is the young Indian IT workers who are educated and active members of international companies, but still maintain their Indian traditional costumers such as
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