Globalization has numerous definitions depending on the school of thought from which one originates. sometimes it may be defined from a sociological, political-economic, or anthropological lens. For purposes of this analysis, it will be defined as “an intensification of worldwide social relationships, which link distant places in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa” (Giddens, 1990, p.4). It is an undeniable fact that globalization affects almost every single person on the planet irrespective of their class, gender, or ethnicity. People’s level of consciousness is changing and many of them have now acquired a global orientation or at least global awareness (Beynon, 2000). This state of affairs has led to certain paradoxes, which had not been imagined before. increased awareness is not unifying the world, as one would expect. It is instead making people more diverse and even disjointed.
Human experiences as defined in Gurnah’s phrase refer to things that occur in people’s lives that have the capacity to affect how they act and think. It may also be envisaged as the totality of all the skills and knowledge that people acquire through certain periods of time when they participate in something. Conversely, human wisdom refers to the ability to utilize one’s knowledge and experience in order to make sound decisions (Beynon, 2000).
Finally, cultural globalization refers to a phenomenon in which lives lived by people reflect a standardization of cultural ideas from different parts of the world. This came about as a result of the proliferation of the internet, international travel, and the rise of popular culture. Homogenization of cultural influences is apparent in the presence of fast-food franchises like McDonald’s all over the world, advertising, consumerism, popular television programs, and preferred genres of music among others.