The Effects of Globalization on Somalian Culture

Abdifatah Abdi HARED


The idea of Globalization today is commonly understood to be a process of change and interactions towards political, cultural, religious, social, demographic, environmental and military aspects. After Somalia gained independence in the 1960s Somalia established the name we know today as the Republic of Somalia. However, it remains undeniable that the impact of globalization on Somalian culture has been there since the colonial period and continued post-independence. Globalization has positive and negative effects on many aspects of the society. This paper discovered the negative and positive trends globalization has had on the Somali culture. And the paper argued that there is an inherent fear towards the aims and objectives of globalization towards Africa which normally entails cultural homogenization and moreover, that the culture which will emerge at the end of the day will be predominantly American culture, Americanism and/or western culture. Thus, Americanization has been witnessed in many parts of the continent. This study was thus limited to address globalization`s effect on Somalian culture. The study examined the definition of globalization, culture, and the appearance of globalization in Somalia.  Finally, the paper discussed the effect of globalization and its impact on Cultural perspective and provides recommendations.

Key terms: Somalia, Globalization, Culture, Extinction, Africa, and Foreign.

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