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  1. Usha Menon

Published Online: 17 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118339893.wbeccp246

The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology

The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology

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Menon, U. 2013. Globalization. The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. II:605–610.

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  1. Drexel University, USA

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  1. Published Online: 17 OCT 2013


Globalization is generally defined as both a speeding up and an intensification in the interconnectedness between peoples and regions. It involves, therefore, an escalation in the rate at which people, goods, capital, images and ideologies travel across national and cultural boundaries. Several observers view the globalization occurring today as an irresistible and overwhelming force that is fundamentally re-ordering the human experience of space and time. Thus, the social theorist talked of “time-space compression” to describe the ways in which advances in modern technology and electronic communications have resulted in time annihilating space, such that people, irrespective of their geographical locations, can share experiences and participate in events at the same instant in time. However, we must remember that in all the hype that surrounds globalization, there remain parts of the world – and this applies to Africa more than anywhere else – that are excluded from global networks; these places are the “black holes” of today's globalized world.


  • anthropology;
  • internationalization