What are the most likely obstacles to cultural change? What may HR do to overcome them?
As the hipster example illustrates, culture is always evolving. Moreover, new things are added to material culture every day, and they affect non-material culture as well.
Cultures change when something new (say, railroads or smartphones) opens up new ways of living and when new ideas enter a culture (say, as a result of travel or globalization).
Society strives its continuity and existence according to the environmental conditions of its surrounding. People have been descending down from generation to generation with the addition of new ideas and objects.
This dynamic process of society enhances culture with refreshment and for every generation a new culture than for the previous. A stagnant society is dead but there is none today how so primitive it may be.
Technological developments and social changes in the form of ‘evolution’ and ‘progress’ of any rate exist there as the adjustment factors change them according to the environmental conditions. Hence the societies and cultures are undergoing changes with a continued process.
Before proceeding to this essay assignment, please review as necessary the module notes, readings and videos assigned during the previous activities of this module.
This activity will enable you to understand the process of globalization and its consequences for societies, cultures,
groups, and individuals.
Identify social arrangements interpreted as unjust and articulate the implications for social policy and action.
Interpret and evaluate individual and group differences and similarities and explain how they may be influenced by factors such as race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, class, religion and/or disabilities (General Education Outcome #4.2).
Evaluate leading international relations theories and assess their utility in explaining significant international political processes or events (Social Science International Relations Concentration Learning Outcome).
“Jihad vs. McWorld (Links to an external site.)” [Video, 03:03 min]
Samuel Huntington and the ‘clash of civilizations’ (Links to an external site.) [Video, 22:05 min]
Read the lectures
In an approximately 750 word paper, not including the cover page, please write a well-argued essay that compares and contrasts the views of globalization expressed by Benjamin Barber and Samuel Huntington.
In presenting and evaluating Barber’s and Huntington’s arguments, our essay should answer the following four questions:
What are the features of “McWorld” and “Jihad” as described by the author?
How does McWorld provoke and support Jihad?
What does Barber find most threatening about globalization?
How does Huntington’s thesis support the fears of Jihad?