Globalization, Identity and World-minded Values

Aghop Der-Karabetian*

Globalization, Identity and World-minded Values.

The “Global Village” is upon us, if anybody is still in doubt! The recent pandemic of the novel corona virus drives home this realization quite powerfully. The nation-state-centric view of the world originated by the treaty of Westphalia in 1648 after the Thirty-year war no longer accurately
and adequately describes the workings of an increasingly interdependent and interconnected global system.

According to Boulding globalization is a total system composed of physical, biological, social, economic, political and communication system. Lifton envisioned it as a technologically
imposed and fostered unity of humankind, and Mackay saw it as the growing worldwide interconnections between societies.

The globalizing forces of the interdependence of nations, countries and states have been around for some time. Just to name a few: (a) The global spread of scientific-intellectual culture; (b) The emergence of English as an international language of commerce and communication; (c) An increasingly sophisticated worldwide communication networks like social media; (d) Increasing means and opportunities for travel for business and leisure across national boundaries; (e) The establishment of highly integrated global system of finance and exchange; (f) Growing
trend in resource interdependence such as oil and rare elements; (g) and, a growing number of international governmental and non-governmental organizations addressing global issues such as
poverty, climate change and environmental degradation.

A notion that encompasses both the sense of global belonging and pro-social values is the concept of world-mindedness. Continuing study of the relationships between globalization, identity and world-minded values and behaviors, using interdisciplinary, global and cross-cultural methods and perspectives, provides fertile ground for the development and advancement of knowledge that may do some good.

Soc Behav Res Pract Open J. 2020; 5(1): e1-e3. doi: 10.17140/SBRPOJ-5-e006