Essay on Impact of Globalization on Zimbabwean Culture

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Globalization has had a significant impact on the Zimbabwean culture . Globalization has greatly changed Zimbabwean culture . The effects of globalization on Zimbabwean culture has been quite varied having both positive and negative effects . It is however the writer’s view that globalization has had a largely negative impact on Zimbabwean culture as Rodrik(1971:8) points out that “globalization creates social and political tensions within and across nation states”. Globalization seems to have brought more harm than good. In this write-up , the writer will begin by defining the terms ‘culture’ and ‘globalization’. The writer will then highlight the …show more content…
Globalization has brought with it the so called gay rights and ‘freedom of association’’, things that were taboo previously in Zimbabwe. Guillen(2001:236) seems to agree and views “ globalization as leading to convergence, predicting harmful rather than beneficial consequences”. This implies that globalization has had a largely negative impact on culture .
In traditional Zimbabwean culture, families used to stay together and the term ‘family’ included the extended family. This status quo promoted unity amongst members of the same family and helped shape society due to the roles played by uncles and aunties in moulding young people into responsible adults . Globalization brought a struggle for survival and existence and this the disintegration of the extended family. The struggle for existence has forced both men(fathers) and women(mothers) to go to work or seek employment . Some have even gone into the diaspora living children by themselves without proper guidance or at the mercy of maids . This has led to children growing up without proper parenting or guidance and this has led to all sorts of unbecoming behaviors such as dealing and using drugs, prostitution, drunkenness, teenage pregnancies and a