Globalisation and Indigenous Identity

Psychopathologie Africaine 33 (1):33-47 (2006)
Arnold Groh
Technische Universität Berlin
In the progress of globalisation, the human being is exposed to effects of cultural dominance. For the individual, this exposure can be the stronger, the more autonomous his or her culture of origin used to be before the confrontation. Global consent with regard to behaviour patterns and cogni¬tive styles leads to the obliteration of traditional knowledge and behaviour upon which identity has been defined. The loss of identity in favour of belonging to the global society brings about a number of problems, which can be demonstrated in functional models. These models, in turn, may sup¬port the planning of interventional strategies and rescue work.
Keywords Globalisation  Identity  Indigenous  Self-definition  Body concept  Social-cognitive theory  Cultural dominance  Sustainability  Behaviour modification  Social systems
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