How Does Globalisation Affect Nationalism

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INTRODUCTION Globalisation is a term that is part of our contemporary world. Since the 1980s, multinational companies brought the emergence of a single world market.1 This phenomenon opened the barriers of communication and favoured cultural exchange. The development of technologies also contributed to it. People are able to connect with the entire world, through the use of material devices or means of transportations that enable us to travel the world in no time. In addition, migration is increasing heavily, which favours contact between cultures. We know more everyday about other civilizations. Yet globalization is criticized. The effects are everywhere: drinking Starbucks, eating MacDonald, or watching Western television series. This is an…show more content…
This caused the disappearance of national differences. The second belief says globalization allowed people to express fervently their nationalist feelings. Because they are aware of the impact of globalization, they react by reinforcing their national particularities. Most scholars believe that nationalism would intensify in reaction to globalization. As the states become weaker, nationalism become stronger (Tamman, “Globalisation”). Furthermore, in this globalised world, nationalists have the tendency to be proud of the achievements of their nations. Globalization generates competition between nation-states (Van Campe: 6). In addition to the impact of globalization, migration also poses a threat. It mixes cultures, which causes the emergence of multicultural societies within nation-states. It becomes arduous to have a culture correspond to a state. Multiculturalism is spreading (McCrone: 187). This makes it hard for people to find their identity. Thence, they tend to go back to their own. Determining their identity somehow makes people feel more

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