A Conversation about Globalization and Culture: Theirs and Ours

By Koushik Ghosh and Dipankar Purkayastha.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The severe pace of the recent wave of globalization, has forced an unprecedented level of inter-cultural communication, which seemingly aids the process of integration while celebrating diversity. Values and identities that stem from that interaction, however, sometimes serve as powerful vehicles for new systems of “othering.” Unique “values” and their ability to create a more harmonious system has been a troubled concept despite its promise of celebration of diversity. For some it remains an attempt to assert the importance of diversity and differentiate in particular between the East and the West. For others, such delineation is a formula for destroying the hope of true universalism. This paper attempts to navigate this divide through a conversation about what may or may not be values, identity and how it is influenced by economic globalization. It explores the deeply heterogeneous character of value systems, apparently shared by individuals. In emphasizing this heterogeneity, it troubles the “belief” that integrative economic globalization will necessarily deliver a moral universalism and thus help create a more integrated human society.

Keywords: Globalization, Cultural Perspectives, Practice Focus, Social Perspectives, East and West

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.101-108. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.453KB).

Dr. Koushik Ghosh

Professor and Co-Chair, Economics, Central Washington University, Seattle, WA, USA

Dr. Koushik Ghosh grew up in Kolkata and after graduating from Jadvapur University pursued his post-graduate studies at Washington State University. He is based in Seattle, where he is Professor and Co-Chair in the Department of Economics at Central Washington University. Dr. Ghosh is an Associate Fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu. He received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship in 2006 to conduct field studies in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Dr. Ghosh’s primary research interest lies in the area of globalization and inequality.

Dipankar Purkayastha

Professor, Economics, California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA

Dr. Purkayastha is Professor of Economics at California State University, at Fullerton. He grew up in Kolkata, India. After graduating from Jadavpur University and Jahawarlal Nehru University, Dr. Purkayastha pursued a doctoral degree at Washington State University. His major research interest lies in the area of development economics and globalization.


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