Globalisation and its Impact on Youth (Jennifer M. GIDLEY 2001)

Globalisation is a series of powerful processes that provide both opportunites and threats. The development model thrust upon the 'developing' world by the West, in the name of modernisation has been regarded for decades by many non-western sholars and activists as cultural imperialism. Globalisation has the power to exponentially increase this transgression. The tensions created have been described as forces moving towards borderless markets and global homogeneity and the rivaling process of localisation which originates in cultural, ethnic and linguistic boundaries. This paper discusses the impacts of globalisation on youth within different models of schooling, individualism versus community and the need for alternatives to existing models to provide visions of a transformed global society.

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