Identity catapult in a globalizing world: A critique
Globalization suffers from a ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome.’ Its merits the West never ceases to stress while its demerits are not stressed enough. It is a ubiquitous process that is claimed to compress the world into a global village. For proponents of globalization, identities are merging in that hazy space provided by economic interdependence. Yet, identities are catapulting back with dynamic force. With the result there is a parallel development of globalization and identity assertion. For the pro-globalizers, identities blur and blend into a perfect fusion of ‘one world – one identity,’ citizen of the world. But what generally transpires is re - questioning of self-identity and renewed interest in one's culture, ethnicity, religion and almost anything that gives a sense of belonging and feeling of distinction. In short, amidst the ‘common’ factor of globalization, a ‘unique’ identity is sought, i.e., amidst the whirlpool of globalization, (the cultural, social, economic and political changes it imposes) identity is firmly clasped/held on to for semblance of order and a relation to the familiar. Hence, instead of identity getting diffused in a globalizing world, it is tenaciously catapulting, rendering ‘global citizenship’ obscure. This paper argues that in global exchange of ideas, goods, technology etc. identities centred on ethnicity, religion, and such remain unchangeably local.
Identity, Globalization, Self, Other.