evaluating the effect of globalization on local communities and their unique cultural heritages

George Ritzer and Benjamin Barber have both argued that the globalization of our economic system, through the rise of multinational corporations and the expansion of capitalist systems, has led to a homogenization of local culture. Virtually everywhere you go in the world people eat pizza, drink soda, wear blue jeans, listen to rock and roll music, and watch movies about superheroes. Ritzer and Barber assume this is bad, because globalization represents a loss of cultural diversity and heritage.

For the Final Paper, you will write an eight-page essay evaluating the effect of globalization on local communities and their unique cultural heritages. The thesis of your paper should answer the following question: Is globalization good for local communities? Why or why not?

To answer this question, you may need to consider some of the following questions:

What are the most important features of globalization?

How does globalization affect local cultures?

How should local communities respond to globalization?

Remember that globalization has economic, political, and environmental aspects that effect local cultures in different ways. For example, issues of economic development, human rights, demographic shifts, and political stability might be relevant to your analysis.

You must use at least six scholarly sources. While you may wish to do additional outside research for this project, you should first refer to the required resources for this class. Obviously, the Ritzer and Barber readings are relevant here, but so are others. For example, the Allison Jaggar article, “Is Globalization Good for Women?” (see Week One), provides a template for this assignment. Jaggar does a good job of showing how to start with a clear definition of globalization before moving to an analysis of globalization’s effect on a specific category of people. Additionally, Kwame Anthony Appiah’s essay, “The Case for Contamination” (Week Two); Thomas Friedman’s column, “Big Mac II” (Week Three); and Zygmunt Bauman’s article, “Globalization and Hybridity” (Week 4), each provide a different analysis of how local communities can respond to the threat of cultural homogenization posed by globalization.

Writing the Final Paper

The paper

Must be eight double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style.

Must include a separate title page with the following:

Title of paper

Student’s name

Course name and number

Instructor’s name

Date submitted

Must use at least six scholarly sources, in addition to the course text.

Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

***The following are the sources to use to complete this assignment****

Source 1…Jaggar, A. (2001). Is globalization good for women? Comparative Literature, 53(4), 298-314. http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/-53-4-298


Source 2…Appiah, K. (2006, January 1). The case for contamination (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/


Source 3…Palestine Diary. (2011, May 13). The myth of “The Clash of civilizations”. Edward Said (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/aPS-pONiEG8


Source 4…Bakker, K. (2007). The ‘Commons’ Versus the ‘Commodity’: Alter-globalization, Anti-privatization and the Human Right to Water in the Global South. Antipode, (3), 430. (see attached)

Source 5…Bensel, T., Dale, L., & Maniates, M. (2012). Global socioeconomic perspectives [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

Source 6…Friedman, T. L. (1996, December 11). Big Mac II (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/

Source 7…Bauman, Z. (2014). Glocalization and hybridity (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics, and Innovation, 2013(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.12893/gjcpi.2013.1.9

I also attached some assignments that were done with 3 sources from above. Please don’t copy and paste. You can use the material but please reword it.

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