Cultural Change in the Era of Globalization: The Case of Japan. SOCI 5013 Spring 2004 Kentaro Yamazaki. Statement of the Problem. Why am I concerned with this topic?. Statement of the Problem. 97 to 98 % of the Japanese are racially and culturally similar. Statement of the Problem.
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Cultural Change in the Era of Globalization: The Case of Japan
How has cultural globalization affected Japanese culture?
How has Japanese culture changed in fast food establishments between 1970s and 1990s (2000s) in the era of globalization?
According to Traphagan and Brown (2002),
(Kumar and Welz, 2003, Smart and Smart, 2003, Van Elteren, 1996)
The Processes of Cultural Globalization
Communication system leads us to ideas being homogenized because we are communicating all the time, which means that we share things.
Material phenomena like food, dress, and music, has a high propensity to spread although non-material phenomena like democracy and value systems will not spread so quickly. In this context, we find local adaptations which incorporate the specificity of culture in particular nations, in particular regions, and the like. Local adaptations in turn would give birth to many permutations and combinations.
Globalization is seen as assimilation of the minority and weaker groups into the mainstream dominant culture in terms of the imposition of the hegemony of American/Western institutions, such as WTO and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
A process of adaptation in which we try to mutate both modern and traditional aspects because we obtain some of the modern aspects, while we also keep some of the traditional aspects.
Globalization generates the greater salience of both sub-national and supra-national arenas for action at the expense of the nation-state.
Survival values emphasize the following:
Inglehart and Baker (2000)
Studied cultural change and the persistence of traditional values
examined how cultural values and norms were/have been changing in the era of globalization.
Does modernization bring about the convergence of values and the decline of traditional values?