By Michael M. TiceThe Washington TimesApril 23, 2019 9:11:24In his first post on the topic of social capital, sociologist Robert J. Kagan of George Mason University argues that a more nuanced and nuanced understanding of how humans construct their identities, and how they construct social capital in particular, may help us better understand how globalization affects the human condition.
Kagan, a former associate professor at Harvard University’s School of Arts and Sciences, writes in his essay, The New Norm: The Limits of Theory, that we cannot afford to ignore globalization, but that we must understand it.
The problem is, he writes, that this understanding is “deeply contested” and “has been subject to a variety of different interpretations.”
So how can we move from an understanding of globalization as an inevitable consequence of our social condition to one that can help us understand it better?
We can begin by acknowledging that globalization, like the effects of climate change and other environmental impacts, is not a static phenomenon.
Globalization can be the result of cultural change or cultural change alone.
We cannot predict how or whether the globalizing process will occur, but we can learn from it.
Kagans essay, “The New Norm,” explores how globalization has affected people across cultures and explores how that affects how we think about people and what we do.
It also suggests ways in which the way we think and the way people interact, form communities, and think about themselves may be affected by the way they think about and interact with others.
This may not be surprising to those who have studied globalism, the idea that globalism and globalism as a whole are universal.
But to understand how it affects us, we need to understand that globalization does not always happen in a linear way.
Kagen’s essay also makes the case that the cultural and sociological factors that affect how we interact with one another, how we engage with one each other, and the ways in the world that we interact may be shaped by our culture.
In his essay “The Globalization of Habitability,” Kagan argues that the human brain is a uniquely adaptive system that adapts to change.
We do not learn to behave the way one does because our brains were designed to adapt to a changing environment.
Instead, our brains are made to anticipate and respond to the changing environment by responding to its changing needs.
Kahan writes:This is why, for example, if we learn to associate social stimuli with other social stimuli, we will be more likely to engage in behavior that we would not ordinarily be inclined to do.
And it is also why, as we learn new skills and become more educated, we may be more inclined to engage socially with people who share our same interests and values.
In this way, our culture can shape our brains.KAGANS essay also addresses how, in a global context, our social networks are likely to be more responsive to the needs of our economy.
KAGANS piece, “Understanding Globalization and Its Impact on Habitability” argues that globalization has had a significant impact on the global economy, including on the labor market, the social capital that supports the labor force, and our ability to connect to and interact in a world that is global.
These shifts, Kagan writes, may affect how people work, what they do, how they learn, and, ultimately, how well we perform in our careers.
The effects of globalization are often subtle, yet they are all present and can be felt.
In one instance, Kagans research shows that the globalization of the labor supply is having an impact on labor demand and the availability of labor.
And in another, Kagsons research shows how the globalization and expansion of the Internet are having an effect on the social and political movements and movements of our day.
Kogan argues that these changes are real, but they can take years to manifest, and that the impacts may be felt in the very beginning of the next century.
He writes:These shifts may have consequences for the way our lives are organized, the ways we interact in our daily lives, and even how we organize ourselves into our societies.
But they are not all that bad.
It is the subtle things that we do in the context of globalization that really matter.
The world we live in today is much different from the world we lived in 20 years ago, but globalization is just one part of the picture.
We must understand globalization as a systemic and cultural phenomenon that impacts how we live our lives.
In the coming months, I will be writing an essay on the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of globalization.
I invite you to read and share the pieces I have written and to comment below.