At present, Globalization is at the center of diverse intellectual and political agendas, raising questions about what is considered to be an essential dynamic of our time. It is a key word in not only the dominant theoretical and political discourses, but also in everyday language. Globalization, as a concept, emerged in the last decade of the twentieth century bearing a revolutionary character around the world. Struggles over its meanings, its effects, and its origins are played out in a variety of sites. This paper, explores globalization as a concept. Tracing the term from its etymology, this paper begins with insights into the fundamental interpretations of globalization as a word. From a broader perspective the paper discusses definitions of the concept, categorizing them as either descriptive or prescriptive interpretations of the concept. There is also a focus on both the historical and ahistorical approaches used to understand the emergence of globalization.
|Keywords:||Globalization, Conceptual Meanings, Origin, Communication and Africa|
Graduate Student (PHD Candidate), Bowling Green State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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