Travel Log 10 “Encountering Globalization” by Rachel Marino. Florence, Italy

Globalization is largely a reflection on how influential certain aspects of one culture are on another.  As a part of American culture, I can be influential towards people in Italian culture.  This is, of course, on a much, much smaller scale.  While it is possible that I could have an influence on one or two Italians, it is much more likely that this culture as a whole will affect my personality or the way I live.  The most important step in taking part in globalization is recognizing the differences between yourself and your home culture as well as recognizing the differences yourself and your host culture.  These differences can come in the form of personality and simply the way Italians approach things or they can be disguised in the outfits they adorn and most obviously the architecture that decorates this city.

Something that stuck out to me in the movie was how many people in poorer regions of the world, particularly east of the US, will wear second hand clothing from the west.  This struck me because many people from the West rarely think about where their clothes go after they’re through with them.  Including me.  Clothing is considered by many Americans and Europeans so essential and simple but also holds the ability to be very complex and can be a way of expressing many different aspects of one’s personality.  Clothing in the western world is often used to express oneself or reflect different moods, which can vary every day, just as clothes do.

The definition of the global community is constantly evolving because cultures around the world are constantly evolving.  I think a part of the definition that is lacking is the acknowledgment of the differences between the western and eastern worlds.  Although differences between America and Europe should be recognized, these differences are not the most important in the definition of global community.  The differences between social classes, between the poorest and richest countries and everywhere in between.  Being part of the global community means working to reduce the separation among all of the citizens part of the global community.

Author Kevin Robins discusses how as a global society we are trying to progress while also trying to digress in the acceptance and sense of community with people who practice Islam.  Muslims should be thought of on the same level as people who practice Catholicism, another branch of Christianity, Judaism, no religion at all, or any other religion.  Yes, this seems elementary and yes, people have been saying this for a long time now.  But there has never been a change, there has never been a reason to stop saying it.  Muslims are human.  That’s the only important factor because their humanity automatically includes them in the group we are all a part of, the global community.  Many people globally not only fail to recognize such a simple fact but also fail to realize how different the world would be if we viewed everyone simply as being human instead of placing definitions on people and casting them into groups based off of factors that do not define character.  “The intent is to shape global reality, not negate it (Robins, 245).

The photo I chose to share which represents my developing awareness of the interactions of globalization and travel is a photo of the Alps I took from a plane I took during my fall break from London to Venice.  I chose this photo because the Alps are fairly centrally located in Europe and they stretch across at least five countries.  The Alps serve as a symbol of unity and create a commonality between otherwise very different cultures.  These mountains can symbolize the commonality that the members of the global community should strive to create among all citizens of the global community.

 

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2 thoughts on “Travel Log 10 “Encountering Globalization” by Rachel Marino. Florence, Italy

  1. Hi Rachel! I agree with your comments about the reshaping of our definition of global community. While distinction between worlds shouldn’t be made to isolate, and separate societies, cultural and global awareness dictates that we understand there are sociological, economic, and cultural differences across a rather distinct geographical separation.

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  2. Rachel I think it is great how you made a connection with the Alps and globalization. It seems to me that many students (including myself) took photos off line that directly represented globalization but you went for a more abstract route. Comparing the mountain to unity and commonality with globalization was a great point to make. My question to you is, do you think globalization mainly has a positive or negative effect on countries?

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