Cultural Identity in the Time of Economic Globalization: Examining the Tension Between Community, Trade and Culture

Dr Anna Lanoszka
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In this paper we theorize about the new utilitarian concept of cultural identity that is born out of a struggle over the meaning of globalization and from the reactionary adaptation to it. It is argued that the current international dynamics compels different actors to engage in the relentless process of asserting one’s autonomy. A series of policy initiatives will be also identified that intend to address the need for cultural recognition and protection in the time of globalization. Economic globalization challenges a growing number of contemporary conditions and processes.

Under such fluid circumstances, the need for a clearly delineated and legally protected cultural identity may be greater than ever. This need is born out of desire for continuity And yet, the same time, the unprecedented level of international economic competitiveness brought about by the global trade liberalization asks for rapid change, adaptation and for breaking away from continuity. It becomes difficult to adjust to these changes and to embrace the future that appears more uncertain than ever. On the other hand, the voice that asks to cling to the traditional and inward looking ways is criticized as an impossible myth that holds us back from excelling in the new changing global environment. The paper will carefully examine these tensions.

Keywords: Cultural Dialogue, Global Imperative, Identity and Culture, Economic Globalization, Trade Liberalization
Stream: Political Science, Politics, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Cultural Identity in the Time of Economic Globalization

Dr Anna Lanoszka

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor

Dr. Lanoszka was born in Krakow, Poland, where she completed one year of classical studies at the Jagiellonian University. As a teenager in 1985 she permanently move to Canada, where she started to pursue her studies in the history of political thought and economics. In late 1980s she became a citizen of Canada. She graduated with high honors from the Carleton University in 1995. Afterwards, she decided to pursue graduate studies in international relations and political economy. She earned her PhD from the Dalhousie University in 2001. Since July 2002 she is a tenure-track professor of international economic relations at the University of Windsor in Canada.

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