The globalization of the production and distribution of goods and services is a welcome development for many people in that it offers them accessto products that they would not otherwise have. However, some are concerned that the changes brought about by globalization threaten the viability of locally made products and thepeople who produce them. For example, the new availability of foreign foods in a market—often at cheaper prices—can displace local farmers who have traditionally earned a living byworking their small plots of family-owned land and selling their goods locally.
Globalization, of course, does more than simply increase the availability of foreign-made consumerproducts and disrupt traditional producers. It is also increasing international trade in cultural products and services, such as movies, music, and publications. The expansion oftrade in cultural products is increasing the exposure of all societies to foreign cultures. And the exposure to foreign cultural goods frequently brings about changes in localcultures, values, and traditions. Although there is no consensus on the consequences of globalization on national cultures, many people believe that a people's exposure to foreign culturecan undermine their own cultural identity.
Would be a good question: Does globalization destroy local culture?
In one sense people think of globalization as something that willhomogenize a local culture so that it is unrecognizable, which would be a bad thing. Today globalization frequently applies to "modernization" by means of the introduction of newtechnology into an existing culture. Here we must be careful because what some might view as culture forms one of the pillars that becomes the basis for legitimacy in a society.