Products of a globalized world.

  1. In the late 20th century terrorism emerged as one of the products of a globalized world. Yet, at the same time the globalization of terror was also an attempt to protect the traditional values of peoples who for centuries were powerless. Explain.
  2. Tourism is a by-product of the modern, globalized world. Yet, it often fosters earlier values of disparity between nations in the core and periphery. Tourist destinations remain south of the Equator where entire economies are constructed around tourist dollars. Describe the forces that have created this situation including the role of neo-liberalism, free market capitalism and entrepreneurship.
  3. Religions have life cycles – they are born and die. Does globalization accelerate or retard this process? Why or why not?
  4. The same economic forces that are responsible for creating a globalized world also resulted in climate change? Describe the conflict in ideologies that have created the political debate about global warming and the social and economic forces that have supported it.
  5. In the United States why are some ethnic and religious communities able to resist the erosion of their religion and culture while others are not? How are patterns of ethnicity, culture, religion and lifestyle preserved in the midst of a fast paced, increasingly globalized world? How can ethnic and religious communities resist the homogenizing forces of globalization and at the same time benefit from a growing, global economy?

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