Has Globalization Change Culture and Societal Norms?

3163 WordsFeb 26, 201813 Pages
Globalisation is a contested term which can be used to describe the transient movement of goods and services as well as the mobility of people across borders of nations, enabling transnational corporations and companies to trade and invest, to improve and sustain local and national economic growth (Giddens 2009). This essay will evaluate how globalisation and the rise of neo-liberalist political ideologies have resulted in changes to cultural and societal norms, impacting upon welfare and migration. The global effects of social exclusion and marginalisation affecting individuals and communities will also be discussed, with particular focus on how this has impacted upon women in society. Lyons (2006) suggests globalisation is a process impacting upon welfare policies, environments and state provision affecting the lives of individuals and communities, at both a micro and macro level. However Mishra (1999) states globalisation relates to politics, ideologies and economics and argues the collapse of a socialist alternative has given rise to the capitalist, neo-liberalist approach resulting in the free trade of international companies globally, and a decline in the ability for individual nation states to self-regulate. Although a free trade economy and the migration of people can be traced back to the 16th century to the transatlantic triangular trading system and use of slave trade to supply products, such as sugar, until the 19th century Western economies were essentially

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