Examples Of Cultural Homogenization

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Cultural globalization is often understood as the spatial diffusion of global products. At a deeper level, cultural globalization may be seen as the contested process of internationalization of values, attitudes and beliefs. The spread of cultural practices and symbols makes the world more the same, but at the same time triggers resistance. Hence, cultural globalization while uniting the world is also seen to strengthen local cultures and is a major force behind the creation of identities. Such homogenization or differentiation can be noticed in the change of cultural practices and consumption patterns over time and space. Public transportation is one of those indicating cultural practices. This has led to the research question whether the cultural homogenization thesis is valid for public transportation. The paper will start with a short elaboration on the definitions, followed by the spatial organization of transportation. Then, public transportation will be discussed from the perspectives of homogenization and differentiation. Lastly, the author’s opinion will be shared, followed by a summary and conclusion. When cultural diversity is reduced through the popularization and diffusion of cultural symbols, one could speak about cultural homogenization. The world and its cultures become more the same, and it is often argued that our current society is in a phase of homogenization. To be more precise, a phase of dominant Western culture established with the help of
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