Throughout Chapters 1 and 2 of The Globalization Reader by Lechner and Boli, the authors discuss the diverse views towards globalization. Even though the authors believe that globalization is beneficial to those involved, many argue the contrary. Because globalization is often associated with the West, one may fear the process and outcome of globalization involving one’s nation.
According to the authors, globalization benefits everyone. Producers have a greater selection of the tools they need along with a free market to sell what they produce. Consumers benefit due to having an affordable variety of goods to choose from. Therefore, the power of the government is limited allowing free trade for everyone; “freedom to define our own identities.”
The process of globalization has positively contributed to many nations throughout the world. According to the authors, globalization has contributed to travel, trade, the spread of cultural influences, knowledge, and the understanding of science and technology around the world. Even though globalization is beneficial to many, there is also plenty of room for improvement.