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The Culture of Strangers: Globalization, Localization and the Phenomenon of Exchange
     

The Culture of Strangers: Globalization, Localization and the Phenomenon of Exchange

by Eric G. Hansen
 

The Culture of Strangers explores the relationship between the development of commercial societies and cultural values. Using a phenomenological approach, G. Eric Hansen presents an evolutionary model of social development, which describes the ways in which economic relations and values interactively change as societies evolve in terms of such elements as

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The Culture of Strangers explores the relationship between the development of commercial societies and cultural values. Using a phenomenological approach, G. Eric Hansen presents an evolutionary model of social development, which describes the ways in which economic relations and values interactively change as societies evolve in terms of such elements as demography and technology. Using the insights of the social sciences and history in particular, Hansen proposes that the development of commercial societies and market values relate to the parallel development of other key cultural values. He holds that only Western societies have fully developed these commercial values and attributes of personality and that the forces of globalization have advanced and advantaged these societies while disadvantaging others.

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Hansen (international political economy, Saint Mary's College of California), positing a hierarchical view of human cultures traveling inexorably from the primitive to individual self-actualization, argues that the role of commerce is a central factor in the evolution of cultures. Arguing that economic exchange evolves in parallel to his model of cultural evolution, he sees the process of economic globalization as leading naturally towards the highest culture of individual self-actualization. He argues that some cultural value systems are in conflict with the inevitable shaping of the world by economic globalization, and therefore rejects cultural diversity as a value to be upheld. Not surprisingly, American culture is found to be one of the best cultures for accommodating "global pluralism" under economic globalization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780761822059
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

G. Eric Hansen is Professor of International Political Economy in the School of Economics and Business Administration, St. Mary's College of California.

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