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IS GLOBALISATION GOOD OR BAD FOR NATIONALISM?

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Globalisation and Nationalism. Have I heard of these terms before? Well, yes, of course I have. As a consequence of studying economics, I was introduced to these terms but in a very vague sense. By this, I mean that I understood what it means but not really, if you get what I’m trying to say.

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So, when I was asked to write an article on this, I was a little confused. At first, I thought that I would be able to come up with something as I have read about it before but when I actually sat down to write it, I couldn’t come up with anything, especially about their relationship with each other. So, I realised that I will have to read up on this to really do at least a tiny amount of justice to this article.

I read an article through which I’ve understood whatever I have understood of this two terms and their relation and I’m going to mention it at the end of this article and please do give it a read, if you like. So, this is a gist of what I have understood. Globalisation is either killing or fuelling nationalism, depending from person to person.

Before, I really start explaining the above point, let me just mention the definitions of the two terms as available on the internet-

Globalization or globalisation is the process of interaction and integration among people, companies, and governments worldwide.

Nationalism is an ideology and movement characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations, with the aim of gaining and maintaining the nation’s sovereignty over its homeland.

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Some people think that globalisation is the cause of their inherent culture being lost. For example- Many Indians think that due to the fast and wide spread of the English language, many regional languages, including their national language, Hindi is being neglected. One of the reasons people think so is that the major powers that spread globalisation are from the West and their ways of life tend to become the standards of globalisation which therefore kills nationalism, in one sense. This is the view held by one set of people and scholars.

Another view is that globalisation fuels or promotes nationalism, especially extreme nationalism. If the above point of the West’s standards becoming the standards of globalisation is true, then some countries feel like they need to protect their culture and hence, in turn, defend itself from the growing trend of globalisation.

Another aspect of this is that globalisation aims at forming a single, global world which leads to melting down all different cultures into one and hence, homogenizing every different culture into one common global culture. Now, those countries who were under the rule of another for a really long time, don’t like this as they want to use their freedom for the development and revival of their own traditional culture and hence, they oppose globalisation strongly, often leading to extreme globalisation.

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So to answer the question “Is globalisation good or bad for nationalism?”, I don’t know and I can’t answer it as I don’t know enough about it as well as because it is something that can have varying impacts on different individuals depending on whether they’ve grown up hearing that change is inevitable and good or that it’s always better and safer to stick to what you have, but again, this is a vague assumption. Therefore, according to me, I don’t think it can be necessarily good or bad. It really depends on the individual.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you anything to add onto this? I would love to hear your stories. So, feel free to flow your thoughts onto the comment section below. If you liked this article, please do give it a like, share it with your family and friends and also do not forget to follow my blog and Instagram handle https://www.instagram.com/helzeeblog/ for any further blog updates. See you next time! Till then, always remember, Be brave. Be strong. Be great. ❤

The link to the article that I referred to is-

P.S- (1)The views as mentioned above are based on what the writer has read and not necessarily of the writer.

(2) All the photographs except the first one are clicked on my new DSLR camera that I was gifted on my 18th birthday this August(YAY!). So, this is all pretty new to me and so, I request y’all to please let me know your reviews in the comment section down below so that I can constructively work on my future blog articles. 

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