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12.6: The Multicultural World

  • Page ID
    17530
  • Skills to Develop

    At the end of the module, students will be able to:

    1. understand the influence of globalization on culture and cultural identity
    2. differentiate between the social patterns of cultural homogenization and cultural heterogenization
    3. explain the role of technological advancements on cultural creation and transmission
    4. summarize the process for creating cultural awareness and building cultural intelligence
    5. demonstrate methods and approaches for working with others in a culturally diverse society

    Everyday production of culture centers on local and global influences (Giddens 1991). With the advancements in technology and communications, people are experiencing greater social forces in the construction of their cultural reality and identity. The boundaries of locality have expanded to global and virtual contexts that create complexities in understanding the creation, socialization, adaptation, and sustainability of culture.

    • Building Cultural Intellegence
      Building cultural intelligence requires active awareness of self, others, and context. Cultural background greatly influences perception and understanding, and how we identify ourselves reflects on how we communicate and get along with others.
    • Culture Today
      With the world in flux from globalization and technological advances, people are developing multiple identities apparent in their local and global linkages.
    • Globalization and Identity
      At the end of the module, students will be able to understand the influence of globalization on culture and cultural identity. They will also be able to differentiate between the social patterns of cultural homogenization and cultural heterogenization. This chapter also explains the role of technological advancements on cultural creation and transmission Overall, it summarizes the process for creating cultural awareness and building cultural intelligence.
    • The Multicultural World (Summary)

    Thumbnail: Women Falling in Line Holding Each Other. Image used with permission (CC BY 4.0; mentatdgt).