Communication and the Globalization of Culture: Beyond Tradition and Borders

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Shaheed Nick Mohammed's Communication and the Globalization of Culture: Beyond Tradition and Borders provides a unique perspective on the concept of culture and its fate in the globalized, mediated environment. Acknowledging widespread fears of cultural erosion at the hands of dominant global forces, Mohammed argues that what we understand as culture has always been the product of global forces, including those of trade and exchange. Our very conceptions of culture are questioned. The sanctity of tradition, ...

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Overview

Shaheed Nick Mohammed's Communication and the Globalization of Culture: Beyond Tradition and Borders provides a unique perspective on the concept of culture and its fate in the globalized, mediated environment. Acknowledging widespread fears of cultural erosion at the hands of dominant global forces, Mohammed argues that what we understand as culture has always been the product of global forces, including those of trade and exchange. Our very conceptions of culture are questioned. The sanctity of tradition, religion, and heritage, the book suggests, should give way to an appreciation of the quite mundane origins of cultural artifacts, invented often as matters of political or social expedience, adopted sometimes in accidents of history and canonized by time into the catechisms of cultural belief. Communication and the Globalization of Culture also suggests several mechanisms by which pragmatic social practices and fictional discourses make their way into the cultural beliefs and traditions of societies. Shaheed Nick Mohammed examines how the modern globalized environment gives rise to cultural practices that demonstrate cultural inventions, imagined communities, and manufactured cultural products, suggesting that such inventions and imaginations are not uniquely modern but rather a continuation of cultural inventions that long pre-date our media-globalized environment.

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Mohammed (Penn State, Altoona) investigates the fate of local cultures that once were territorially bounded but now, due to modern communication techniques and the power of Western transnational corporations, have been penetrated and eroded by more potent and mobile cultures. "Culture" is an elusive term, but Mohammed excels at naming those of its elements that can be kept distinct for analytical purposes—elements ranging from brand names to musical compositions. His coverage is broad, from the Roman Empire to the postcolonial Caribbean and beyond. . . . He effectively demonstrates the ways in which cultures either choose to or are pressed into coexisting with others; often, he shows, the result is not some beneficial form of multiculturalism but the erosion of one culture for the benefit of the commercial/imperial interests of others. Mohammed's argument is marked by some ambivalence; he both laments the corrosive cultural impact of the current form of globalization and seeks comfort in the fact that cultural interactions have been global for a long time. A good, teachable overview and analysis of the impact of the globalization of communication and business. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.
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Mohammed (Penn State, Altoona) investigates the fate of local cultures that once were territorially bounded but now, due to modern communication techniques and the power of Western transnational corporations, have been penetrated and eroded by more potent and mobile cultures. "Culture" is an elusive term, but Mohammed excels at naming those of its elements that can be kept distinct for analytical purposes—elements ranging from brand names to musical compositions. His coverage is broad, from the Roman Empire to the postcolonial Caribbean and beyond....He effectively demonstrates the ways in which cultures either choose to or are pressed into coexisting with others; often, he shows, the result is not some beneficial form of multiculturalism but the erosion of one culture for the benefit of the commercial/imperial interests of others. Mohammed's argument is marked by some ambivalence; he both laments the corrosive cultural impact of the current form of globalization and seeks comfort in the fact that cultural interactions have been global for a long time. A good, teachable overview and analysis of the impact of the globalization of communication and business. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.
Avinash Thombre
Using the nexus between globalization and corporatization of society brought about by new media and technology, Dr. Mohammed makes a compelling argument for the death of culture as we know it. The book provides a novel interpretation of the complex interplay of present day functioning of new media and commoditization of cultures. The central message is long live the death of culture.
Ken Womack
In Communication and the Globalization of Culture, Shaheed Nick Mohammed offers a powerful revisioning of the ways in which we theorize culture in our age of globalization and unbridled technological innovation. For students, scholars, and general readers alike, Mohammed's book should be the starting point for any serious discussion of the social, political, and religious implications inherent in our cultural belief systems.
John Baldwin
Shaheed Nick Mohammed offers an innovative look at the communicative aspect of globalization. 'Culture is dead. Long live culture'—a quotation from the book, frames well the complexity with which Mohammed treats everything from globalization itself to topics such as cultural erosion and authenticity, colonization and resistance, global village and the digital divide. He looks at religions, canonized intercultural theorists, and media theories, challenging each, yet with respect, all the while providing careful examples from around the world-from Superbowl Sunday to the use of technology in Cambodian villages, from 'Mocko Jumbies' of the U.S. Virgin Islands to Chinese-made festival lanterns in Egyptian Ramadan. In the end, he demonstrates thoughtfully that there are no easy answers to the effect of globalization on local and national cultures, but that communication is central to the process of the remaking of culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739166512
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaheed Nick Mohammed is associate professor of communication at Penn State Altoona.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter One: Culture, Humankind, and Society Chapter 4 Chapter Two: The Birth of Culture Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Conquest, Imperialism, and Culture Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Neoimperialism, Media, and Culture Chapter 7 Chapter Five: New Mythology, New Media, and the Globalization of Culture Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Corporate Domination of Cultural Product Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: Cultural Erosion and Globalization Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: Counterculture and Cultural Imaginations Chapter 11 Chapter Nine: Long Live Culture? Chapter 12 Afterword Chapter 13 Epilogue Chapter 14 About the Author Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index

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