Cultural Fragmentation

The concept of cultural fragmentation implies the disintegration of “singular” cultures and the formation of numerous diverse cultures, be they associated with particular ethnicities, religions, concepts of nationhood or people groups, or those associated with particular forms of lifestyle, values, or commodification.

The notion of cultural fragmentation has been linked with processes of globalization and is particularly associated with the ascendency of postmodernism as a condition of society. The connection between globalization and postmodernism and its relationship to cultural fragmentation is a complex one because of processes of globalization that create both homogeneity and heterogeneity. Some commentators argue globalization has produced increasing homogeneity (the serial repetition of processes and places, such as shopping malls, fast-food restaurants, retail chains, global consumer and pop cultures, Internet socialities) and ...

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