Global Interdependence and Cultural Hybridization: The Stimulus for Social Change

By Sylila Monteiro and Rashika Sharma.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Published online: June 3, 2014 $US5.00

Globalization stimulates continual integration of cultures through ensuing transnational interactions. Rapid technological changes have created global integration of economic, financial, environmental, and cultural interdependence with these cultural exchanges. Globalization is the new civilization of knowledge, and education is crucial for successful cultural hybridization. Sociologically, cultural diversity directly impacts globalization. The existence of diverse cultures, as well as the increase in immigration worldwide, creates the need for cultural appreciation integral for successful cultural hybridization. In the New Zealand context, historically bi-culturalism is dominant. However, with globalization, an emergent multicultural society has evolved through immigration, as well as general economic growth and global mobility. This socially driven change manifests itself in all spheres and especially impacts education. With the portability of education and to address the shifting cultural paradigms, bi-cultural and multicultural awareness becomes imperative in 21st century New Zealand. Successful transitioning and creation of a global mind-set implies commitment to readily embrace cultural diversity and ethnicity in learning and teaching. In the New Zealand context, bi-culturalism relates to local and multicultural relates to global. This paper showcases the current status of cultural hybridization in New Zealand tertiary education.

Keywords: Globalization, Cultural Hybridization, Education

Global Studies Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3, June 2014, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.659KB)).

Sylila Monteiro

Lecturer/Curriculum Leader, Faculty of Creative Industries and Business, UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Sylila Monteiro teaches a wide range of communication and integrated practice papers on Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes offered across UNITEC. She is actively involved in delivery of communication, health and safety, and sustainable practice. She previously taught communication in Zambia Institute of Technology in Kitwe, Zambia. She specialises in business document translation services for French and Portuguese organizations engaged in international communication. She also provides training for New Zealand Army personnel in Portuguese and French as preparation for overseas assignments. Her consultancy work involves Industry Training on Communication components of Management Development Programmes for Unitec Enterprise Unit. Sylila’s research interests include interdisciplinary integrated practice in education, intercultural communication and sustainability. She has presented her research at several conferences in New Zealand and overseas.

Rashika Sharma

Lecturer, Faculty of Technology and Built Environment, UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand

Rashika is a lecturer in Integrated Practice at UNITEC New Zealand specialising in sustainable practice, societal context and generic skills on the Bachelor of Applied Technology. Rashika’s research focus is on education for sustainability and takes keen interest in student centred teaching and learning strategies. Rashika has also taught at the Fiji Institute of Technology in Suva, Fiji.


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