Unit 4: Lifestyle and Believes Essay

Lifestyle and Believes are two things that can be said to be specific of nation, state, or culture and evolve within such place or culture but globalization has sped the evolution of lifestyle and believes all over the world. I chose Mexico and picked a couple aspects of lifestyle and believes to see how globalization has had an impact on them, the topics I mention include religion, goods, and gender.

For example I mentioned cars and clothing two very different types of goods, but both of which are increasingly being exported into Mexico for the high demand not of the good itself but because of the origin of the good. Television and Social Media have cause societies to associate wealth with the acquisition of goods found in countries like Europe and the United States. I included an article on smuggled clothes. I found the article very interesting because this is something I am very familiar with. Living in a border town and having family in Mexico I see how cheap exports from china and other countries give the U.S. an advantage to cheaper clothing. Those who can cross to the U.S. stock up on clothes from yards sales or clearance sales in stores and resell clothes in Mexico at regular price.

Gender inequality is a also a huge issue in Mexico, and it stems from the believe that man is superior to woman. What is referred to in Mexico as “machismo” a mans attitude towards woman as the lesser gender is widely practiced in Mexico and in its effects are felt strongly in places like the labor force. New laws in Mexico have helped see a decrease in gender inequality but many women still do not have the same opportunities, salary, or even worse feel safe enough to enter certain work forces.

Finally I mentioned religion. The articles I mention in my blog talk about the decline of Catholicism in Mexico. Globalization has made new religions more accessible to Mexicans and we are starting to see a very slow shift in religion, if not towards one specific religion at least away from Catholicism. Catholicism went unchallenged for many decades in Mexico and the believe became part of the Mexican lifestyle, even today its very common for people to immediately associate the catholic faith with Latin America and Mexico.

Globalization and its effects on lifestyle and believes encompasses an immense amount of topics. I hoped that by mentioning a few I could spark some interests in readers to further research any of the things I mentioned or any other aspects of globalized lifestyles and believes.