2. Global Age?

Is this a global age?

Using the textbook Essentials of Cultural Anthropology, we discussed how “human history is the story of movement and interaction, not of isolation and disconnection. . . . Interaction and connection are not new phenomena. They have been central to human history” (Guest, 13-14) for the first class of Cultural Anthropology 2020.

In this class, we finished chapter 1, “Anthropology in a Global Age.” Although anthropologists believe that all humans are connected–and have been interconnected for a very long time–Guest here discusses globalization: “The term globalization refers to the worldwide intensification of interactions and increased movement of money, people, goods, and ideas within and across national borders” (20).


Global Age Discussion

For student comments, we concentrated on what Guest wrote in “Thinking Like an Anthropologist: Living in a Global Age”: “Solving the challenges that face the human race in your lifetime will require greater engagement, interaction, and cooperation–not more isolation and ignorance” (Guest 2020, 30).

My questions: To what extent do you believe this statement? And, to what extent do other people in the United States believe it? In other words, although we may be living in a “global age,” do you believe people have recognized this need for greater engagement, interaction, and cooperation? Or are we turning more toward isolation and ignorance?


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