Asian Review

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Globalization is often thought of as either the domination of one powerful nation-state over another, or the wholesale commoditization of society, in which large multinational corporations and their fluid capitals are usually the driving force. Rejecting both views, this article argues that the globalization process is far more complex and multidirectional in its probable consequences. More significant, it is beyond predictability to suggest what might be the actual outcome of globalization, of which both the global and the local are dynamically at play. What appears to take place instead, is the sense of cosmopolitanism and fundamentalism, felt in various ways and differing degrees among peoples across nations, communities and ethnicities. Hence, this is the reality and the immediate confronting issue that all global citizens must find the way to cope with, and seriously take it into account. How one reacts to globalization today, then, may shape and even influence what the world will be like for our future generations.



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