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Abstract

Increasingly pertinent in contemporary society, globalization is a force that promises to change the way people interact with others in almost all aspects of life. As scholars attempt to theorize about such situations, disparate perspectives about the dynamics and possibilities of globalization arise. In order to develop a more comprehensive theory of globalization, this piece engages the theory of global flows and the five “-scapes” as presented in Arjun Appadurai’s Modernity at Large (1996), as well as George Ritzer’s conception of the globalization of nothing as presented in The Globalization of Nothing 2 (2007). A rich synthesis of these two prominent globalization theories is accomplished by the examination of sources that critique each theory, as well as those that apply each theory to actual social phenomenon. In understanding the two seemingly incongruous theories as part of a describing separate parts of the force of globalization, the conclusions of this study promise a more complete representation of the forces that shape the world’s modern situation.

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