The ' Melting Pot '

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The “melting pot” metaphor explains how societies “melt together” to form a common culture. This process can be seen throughout the world even with some of the most heterogeneous societies now becoming more homogeneous. It is very true that change is persistent in all societies and the possibility of progression is endless, thus creating grounds for new playing fields globally. This growing interconnectedness known as globalization shows how the world we live in is full of innovations that bring us closer together than ever imagined before. Whether it be economically, politically, culturally, technologically, ecologically or socially, there’s no doubt globalization has become one of the strongest forces behind cultural homogenization. Globalization brings about opportunities such as richer societies through trade, and the sharing of knowledge and information from people. However, scholars have challenged just how one-dimensional these notions can truly be. How can one effectively create meaning and remain an individual with such a socio-political and political-economic driven world? This particular debate is outlined by three fundamentally different paradigms of cultural difference in Pietere’s text. Cultural differentialism is the idea that differences are lasting (Piterse 2009:4), cultural convergence is the awareness of growing sameness, and cultural hybridization is an ongoing mix of the two, ultimately creating new differences. Well known author Samuel Phillips

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