Essays, notes, and fragments--personal, political, and philosophical--from the midst of things "Provocative, yet flawed. That probably is mostly a function of the fact that it appeared on January 1, and most of us are only now slowly getting our blogging muscles back into shape after the holidays. Not all of it, by any means; Appiah is a serious philosopher, and his book The Ethics of Identity was a serious contribution to the debates over liberty, culture, community and identity. The argument he made in that book--for a "rooted cosmopolitanism," wherein states which Appiah takes much more seriously than nations should be expected to make use of extant cultural resources in order to mold citizens into persons with both healthy particular identities and a robust appreciation for the tentativeness of such--has clearly contributed to the more popular argument he appears to be making in his new book, Cosmopolitanism.
He sees globalization as a positive thing bringing positive changes to traditional ways of life. By carefully selecting his examples, he demonstrates various forms of cultural interaction as a result of globalization.
At the beginning, he narrates a story about Ghanaians enjoying a traditional festival even as they demonstrate acceptance of modern way of life. Appiah argues that Ghanaians have established contacts with the western way of life.
He himself is a product of intermarriage between a Ghanaian father and a British mother. He also informs us that the current president of Ghana was educated in Oxford and is a believer in Roman Catholic.
He also points out that even when locals interact with the western culture they are not completely assimilated. He demonstrates this by referring to arrival of missionaries, which transformed many people to be Christians, but they retained some of their traditional rites.
Appiah admits that some people think that globalization is not good.
As such, they believe that modernity is intruding into traditional rituals. To him, such purists believe that as globalization spreads it wings, traditions will disappear and in its place, the western ideologies would take over.
In contrast, he presents a strong argument that with globalization, cultures become evenly spread to many places. Pointing out the UNESCO conference in Octoberhe argues that such purists fear that western images and values are a major threat to cultural diversity.
However, to him such allegations about globalization are false. He quickly demonstrates how the same UNESCO affirms the benefits of globalization like freedom of expression and thought, free flow of ideas, and human rights.
He posits that such values can only become universal if globalization is viewed as a positive thing. To him, universalities can only begin at an individual level as opposed to changing the entire people, tribes, or nation. Globalization has positively transformed the Ghanaian way of life.
Appiah points out how through diffusion of knowledge on farming, some Ghanaians have gained a means of livelihood. Cocoa farmers benefit from the global economy since their chocolate is consumed across the world. He also observes how under globalization, Cocoa prices have fluctuated in the market and the cost of living has risen.
However, he quickly observes that globalization has also opened up new opportunities for the younger generations. As a result, the younger generation does not have to depend on the traditional way of life or cocoa farming.
Globalization has brought technologies that young people can now easily get new work opportunities in the nearby cities in data processing centers. Therefore, to Appiah, globalization may mean different things to different people.
To the traditional farmers, this may mean pain and suffering as they watch their traditional way of life is being eroded. However, he argues that we cannot hold the children of such farmers back by protecting their culture from outside interference in order to protect practices that do not make any economic sense.
Appiah is against preservation of culture or authentic way of lives. He is not opposed to preservation of art like traditional dancing per se. In the real sense, he is quick to point out that he likes this form of protection, as people of different generations can learn the traditional way of life through preservation of such artifacts.
However, he is quick to scorn preservation of culture, which is disguised as artifacts preservation. To him, the question is not on whether such clothes have eclipsed traditional way of life, but it is a matter of affordability. Therefore, globalization is like a blessing in disguise because the people are too poor to afford traditional silk.
He also points out that the textile assumed as authentic to West Africa was actually diffusion from Dutch that arrived in the region in 19th century.
On the other hand, the silk used to make Kente in Ghana was imported from Europe, but produced in Asia. Appia also explores how under globalization and interaction of people from different cultures values systems are influenced.
He first refers to the concept of cultural imperialism, which refers to the belief that the world is like a centralized system with periphery made up of United States and Europe.Globalization, with its outcome of increased cultural diversity, has not only given nurses pause for thought but also has contributed to ethical conflicts.
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Globalization, cultural diversity, and . Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of “The case for contamination” focuses on three main interrelated issues throw out his essay. Globalization, cultural diversity, and ethical consideration. To understand this article The Case for Contamination, it helps to know that Kwame Anthony Appiah is an advocate of Cosmopolitanism, a global ethics which aims to establish universality and shared values as a determinant or common denominator.(Appiah book, ).
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