Project #83270 - Globalization




Globalization and modernization refer to the influence that modern nations have on less-developed or traditional nations and societies. At times, these influences result from direct contact, such as the opening of a Western corporate office or manufacturing plant in an underdeveloped nation. Other times, the influences can be indirect, such as the transmission of Western cultural values to non-Western societies through mediums such as television, literature, and goods shipped to local areas. Globalization and modernization can have both positive and negative impacts on the cultural practices of non-Western societies, and deciphering the impact of these influences can involve a complex analysis.

A holistic perspective and a long-term commitment to understanding the human species in all its variety is the essence of anthropology. Thus, anthropology is well equipped to grapple with an issue that has overriding importance for all of us at the beginning of the 21st century: globalization.


"Globalization refers to a worldwide interconnectedness, evidenced in global movements of natural resources, human labor, finance capital, information infectious diseases, and trade goods (including human organs as described in this chapter's* Globalscape). Although worldwide travel, trade relations, and information flow have existed for several centuries, the pace and magnitude of these long-distance exchanges has picked up enormously in the recent decades; the Internet in particular has greatly expanded information exchange capacities." Page 19/Anthropology: The Human Challenge




Note: You may need to use additional resources to complete this task.


Write a brief essay (suggested length of 2–4 pages) in which you:


A.  Identify at least two separate examples of non-Western cultures that have been transformed by globalization after World War II.

1.  Describe in detail what the circumstances were within each of these cultures both prior to and after the influence of globalization.


B.  Analyze one of the examples from part A. Be sure to discuss the following questions:

1.  What caused the influence of globalization in one of the two examples presented in Part A? (For example, perhaps it resulted from the U.S. government making a conscious effort to improve the agricultural technology of a particular country.)

2.  Was the influence of globalization a direct or indirect process, what were the intentional or unintentional outcomes, and was the influence of globalization positive or negative for the non-Western society? (Remember that the ramifications and outcomes of influences are rarely simple. They impact different aspects of culture differently.)

3.  Briefly discuss the non-Western society’s response to the influence of globalization.


C.  When you use sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, provide acknowledgement of source information for any content that is quoted, paraphrased or summarized. Acknowledgement of source information includes in-text citation noting specifically where in the submission the source is used and a corresponding reference, which includes:

•   Author

•   Date

•   Title

•   Location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)



Note: The use of APA citation style is encouraged but is not required for this task. Evaluators will offer feedback on the acknowledgement of source information but not with regard to conformity with APA or other citation style. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Resources web link found under General Information/APA Guidelines in the left-hand panel in Taskstream.


Issues in Behavioral Science (GLT1)

Task 1: Globalization and cultural change in the non-Western world since 1945


List of Topic Suggestions

This list of strong examples for Task 1 is not a comprehensive list.  You may choose any non-Western culture affected by globalization since 1945 even if it is not on this list. We provide this list only as a suggestion for some of the countries and cultures that have been most notably transformed by the processes of Western-led globalization and modernization since the end of World War II. 

In your academic research on your topic, consider the broad economic, cultural, and political changes to the society due to the influence of globalization processes since 1945. Then you want to find a particular country-specific example that highlights the globalization process and its influence on the culture you have chosen.  Keep in mind that you should be using academically appropriate sources from books, academic journals, reports, and other published material.  The use of Wikipedia and random websites is not appropriate for your academic work.

Strong Examples within East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia


South Korea




(Students should not use Hong Kong, Macau, or Singapore, since these territories and their people have a longer history of European colonial influence that pre-dates 1945).


Strong examples within Africa South of the Sahara






(Students should not use the Republic of South Africa as an example because the country has a long history of European settlement by both Dutch Boers and the United Kingdom stretching into the 1800s). 

Strong Examples in the Middle East and North Africa



Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates


(Students should not use Israel as an example because the creation of Israel in 1948 was achieved in large part by European, U.S., and Russian Jewish emigrants.  Accordingly, Israel is a predominantly Western culture and has been since 20th century Jewish settlers first began moving in large numbers into the “British Palestine” territory after World War I.) 


Strong Examples in the Asia-Pacific Rim Region





The candidate accurately identifies more than 2 examples of non-Western cultures that have been transformed by globalization after World War II.                                        



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Due By (Pacific Time) 09/24/2015 09:00 am
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