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14.1: Introduction to Globalization

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  • "We talk about globalization today as if it’s some great big new thing that we’ve all just discovered. But there’s really nothing new about it." - Jacqueline Winspear

    In this section, we will skim the surface of globalization with a particular emphasis of the history of modern era of globalization and its effects on indigenous peoples. Modern economic and political development is driven by the assumption that modernization and development will be beneficial for all people; however, cultural differences are not taken into consideration, often leading to the destruction of indigenous cultures. Understanding the context of modern development enables us to understand our own place in an increasingly interconnected world.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\) - Mall culture in Jakarta

    Start with this TedTalk video of Wade Davis, anthropologist in residence at the National Geographic Society, speaking about endangered cultures [run time: 22.04].