Is Your National Identity Becoming a Global Identity?

Hello internet.

What do you think about national identity?

National Identity is defined as “a sense of a nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, and language.”

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Which is interesting to me because if a sense of unity within a ‘nation’ is established by a distinctive language, tradition or culture, what then does that make the two dominant western nations, i.e. America and the UK?

The English language is a global language. This was a process begun, of course, by imperialism and invasion, not always seen a moral process. Nevertheless, it has resulted in a new dawn for culture and language. English is the predominant language of the Internet, because while webpages can be viewed in other languages, their addresses are in English. Computer codes are in English. A large number of countries around the world use English alongside their indigenous languages for administrative and governmental uses. English is often associated with economic affluence, education and prestige in many societies around the world. This could be because high end jobs require a knowledge of the English language, in this modern, advanced technological, interconnected world.

The result of globalisation, of course, is the globalisation of English, and with it the Western culture. ‘McDonaldisation’, ‘coca-colonisation’, and ‘Disneyisation’ are just a few terms thrown out there by sociolinguists who claim this creation of a monoculture has resulted in the killing (linguicide) of other languages, and cultures.

I personally think that it is a grave misconception to assume the western culture is the globalised culture, because while that may be predominantly true, indigenous cultures will always exist, alone or alongside the global monoculture. There are also thousands, even millions of cultures and civilisations around the world which remain untouched by the modern online community. That is a beautiful thought, to know that in some places, beauty and nature coincide to create wondrous populations of life and tradition that we know nothing about and have never heard of but can be related to through sheer humanity.

So what do you think? Is this true? Does this also mean that traditional cultures in the UK and US are also being killed, replaced by the globalised idea that western culture is multicultural cuisine (e.g. falafel, curries), universal fashion and a nomenclature of ideals which co-exist?

What do you think about national identity? Do you think your country has a distinct national identity, or is it so intermixed with the global monoculture that you feel as though your nationality is not much different from much of the world today? Or, alternatively (or , do you think the world is a diverse place and there is so much more out there?

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5 thoughts on “Is Your National Identity Becoming a Global Identity?

  1. An interesting post with good questions. To some degree, I think there are benefits to greater communication and interdependence in the world. At the same time, I love diversity, history, culturally-based traditions, celebrations, and different ways of viewing life, family, community, healing, spirituality, nature…etc. It would be a terrible shame to lose all the richness and wisdom that unique cultures have to offer. To me, it’s also important to remain mindful that just because English/US/UK represents the dominant culture, it doesn’t somehow make it “best” or “right.”

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    • I absolutely agree with you there, especially concerning dominant cultures being seen as he “best”. Naturally that view was the prominent in the past and it is only in the last century or so that people are becoming more open minded to multiculturalism and other identities. The world is a beautiful and diverse place, I hope it remains that way for thousands of years to come.

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  2. The world is unquestionably getting smaller and cultures are becoming more integrated. Yet, in my opinion, there’s definitely a national identity. Culture, language, attitude, products, behaviors, food, music, and more. On the other hand, English may be the dominant language, but I don’t see that meaning the English/US/represents the dominant culture.

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    • That is an interesting perspective. I like that you see it that way. However in my travels abroad and my experiences living in the countries of the Arabian Gulf, I have noticed that over the years, as Western media takes its place in the homes of the common man, attitudes towards culture are changing rapidly as the younger generation are learning internet language and are following all the western trends. The rich folk especially, with more access to these media outlets, are adopting the cultural attitudes represented by western media. That is not to say that their own cultures are being eradicated, of course. It is more of an interesting mix of the two!

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