Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Interpreting globalization: Memory to understanding
by Ramakrishnan, Arvind, Ed.D., University of San Francisco, 2008, 178; 3317690
Abstract (Summary)

Globalization is transforming the world we live in by opening up opportunities and challenges. This study is an investigation on the changes brought about by globalization, specifically immigration, language and culture. These three contexts of globalization intersect at today's social, economic, and political spheres. Together these interrelated phenomena have significant implications for our new millennium. These implications create a need to reinterpret globalization as an educational and social text. This research aims at a reinterpretation based on participatory hermeneutic inquiry through research conversations (Herda 1999) with people living the phenomena of globalization, particularly from India, China and Mexico. Through the stories that emerge from these research conversations the categories of: Current context of globalization; Hope, Imagination and Action; and Ethics and Understanding are analyzed based on the theories of Gadamer, Habermas, Heidegger, Ricoeur and Kearney. The key results of this analysis are: participants willing to enter into conversations can experience personal transformation; conversations provide a social text that when interpreted and reinterpreted may lead to better policies and institutions; individual (micro) perspectives may lead to a macro understanding of the three most powerful forces of free markets (economy), democracy (politics) and traditional differences (society) in today's globalization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Herda, Ellen Ann
School: University of San Francisco
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, American history, Education
Keywords: Culture, Globalization, Hermeneutics, Immigration, Language, Social
Publication Number: 3317690
ISBN: 9780549657057
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