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How American Is Globalization? William H. Marling 0801883539 9780801883538 William Marlings provocative work analyzes -- in specific terms -- the impacts of American technology and culture on foreign societies. Marling answers his
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How American Is Globalization? by William H. Marling

William Marlings provocative work analyzes -- in specific terms -- the impacts of American technology and culture on foreign societies. Marling answers his own question -- how American is globalization? -- with two seemingly contradictory answers: less than you think and more than you know. Deconstructing the myth of global Americanization, he argues that despite the typically American belief that the United States dominates foreign countries, the practical effects of Americanization amount to less than one might suppose. Critics point to the uneven popularity of McDonalds as a prime example of globalization and supposed American hegemony in the world. But Marling shows, in a series of case studies, that local cultures are intrinsically resilient and that local languages, eating habits, land use, education systems, and other social patterns determine the extent to which American culture is imported and adapted to native needs. He argues that globalization can actually accentuate local cultures, which often put their own imprint on what they import -- from translating films and television into hundreds of languages to changing the menu at a McDonalds to include the Japanese favorite Chicken Tastuta.Marling also examines the unexpected ways in which American technology travels abroad: the technological transferability of the ATM, the practice of franchising, and shop-floor American innovations like shipping containers, bar codes, and computers. These technologies convey American attitudes about work, leisure, convenience, credit, and travel, but as Marling shows, they take root overseas in ways that are anything but American.

Author: William H. Marling

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 248

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 2006-06-12

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