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.

“Female Quality of Life”

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Mexico has long been a male dominated society and this “machismo” is still strong in Mexican Socity as the map from the article shows the huge gap between quality of life of a man and a woman. It is interesting to see that the gap seems to get smaller for the states closer to the U.S. Mexico border and I wonder if the proximty to the U.S. is a factor.

Gender Inequality

The video talks about the huge gender inequality in Mexico and how despite the increasing presence of women in the Mexican work force there is still a big gap especially when it comes to income. I choose this video because the report talks about women entering the taxi driver labor force. We see many studies or research and articles on the topic of gender inequality in the workforce focus on government positions or careers requiring education, but not much emphasis is placed on the gender inequality in the “blue collar” labor force. Globalization has done a lot for women’s role in government. When a government is under the world’s eyes it places more value and emphasis on things like gender equality within the government because it has to gain credibility from world leader who value gender equality. And although this is great, we tend to forget about or sectors of the labor force that need to catch up, but are not held to the same standards because they are not in the global eye.

Nissan Tsuru

The globalizing world saw the expanision of car exporters like the Japanesse car maker Nissan into the global market, but it is interesting to see how cars are exported with diffrent names and remain in diffrent markets for longer periods of times in order to appeal to diffrent lifestyles. In this video the man talks about the Nissan Tsuru and how it will continue to be sold in Mexico because of its high demand. The Tsuru was the first version of what we call in the United States Nissan Sentra. Tsuru was supposed to be discontinued and begin sales as Sentra but instead Nissan Mexico continued to sell the Tsuru alonside the newly designed Sentra. The car is popular among taxi drivers and young drivers in Mexico.