Globalisation in Anthropology

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“With reference to EITHER (a) colonialism OR (b) globalisation critically assess the value of an anthropological perspective. Use at least two ethnographic examples” Introduction Globalisation is the linking of various international communities through world-wide systems including trade, cultural exchange and communication. Although globalisation started a long time ago, we now have a deeper understanding of what it constitutes and there are many ideas about whether it is a positive or negative occurrence. Various articles, books and ethnographic examples will be used in order to give an outline of three differing anthropological perspectives of globalisation within this essay.I will use them to argue that although there are many positive attributes within the topic such as increased trade and revenue, tourism, and the creation of jobs; Globalisation can also be a negative within countries and communities where local systems and customs are being pushed out of the market (Tranberg Hansen 2004) for example. By using these sources, I aim to arge both sides of the argument effectively and show there is no right or wrong as without globalisation we would not have the many positive attributes to our world and with it we could possibly have avoided many crises. Everything that we eat, use and do these days is somehow connected with a far-flung area of the world. The HDTV you watch was most likely assembled in an Asian country, there are as many outlets offering exotic foods not native of this country and even fashion and trends are influenced by the world.This is not a bad thing, in fact, the interconnectedness that we have with our global counterparts enables us to see more, do more and understand more than we would have otherwise. The Second-Hand clothing trade The shift of second hand-both donated and surplus- clothing through the Africa has played a

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