Globalization vs The Caribbean

Welcome back yall!

Remember in my previous posts we talked about Caribbean Identity and Culture? Well today we’ll go further as I dive into the discussion of Globalization and the impact it has on the Caribbean. So let’s start by defining what globalization is. Globalization is the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets.multicultural-canadian-map-thumb14232102

Scholars identify globalization by three waves called the First-wave approach, the second-wave approach and the third-wave approach. The people of the first wave are referred to as globalist. They believe that globalization is something new. Additionally, skeptics are associated with the second wave and they are highly critical of globalist. They believe that it is an expansion of capitalism and not a new condition. Finally, the third wave is transformationalist and this form is more intense.

Globalization has definitely impacted the Caribbean in more ways than one, impacting our culture and what we define as our collective identity. When the world outside of the Caribbean comes into contact with it, many changes are bound to happen. The Caribbean is greatly influenced by the United States of America and as a result of this, it has impacted our way of life… or what we used to know as our way of life.

Let’s take a look at our music for example. The music of the Caribbean is very different from what you would normally hear in the UK or USA. The music differs from island to island, spanning reggae, soca, calypso and more. However, with the influence of Globalization, I realized that pop culture music is played ever so often on our radio stations here in Barbados.

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