How does culture affect politics?


Creation of National Ideologies

The essence of culture can be harnessed as a political tool to advance the political interests of a government or party, thereby creating a series of national ideologies that the nation’s citizens are inclined to. This is made possible when governments seek to unify cultures and traditions with a single culture that replaces existing cultural interests. As different groups she little in common, the creation of a new single culture will replace them, thus a unifying national ideology will be instilled.

Internationalisation: Eroding National Identities

Despite a nation's efforts to preserve its culture, the widespread effects of globalisation have certainly impeded their progress and outweighed their attempts. These effects derive from the global phenomenon of cultural homogenisation, which consists of a wide spectrum of modern values that people, especially the young, are inclined to. Due to the attractiveness of a global and homogeneous culture, citizens across different countries abandon their own unique traditional culture at home and embrace the new modern culture. Consequently, the people lose their respective national identities as they fail to relate back to their traditional culture.

McDonalds is a prime example, where the commonality of the same food menu among unrelated countries creates an unintended homogenisation that fractures existing national identities built around local cultural food and beverages.


Question: How has globalization affected your culture?

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