Sociology

The Boundaries of a Global Society



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The world has evolved into a global society and economy. Technology has virtually erased many boundaries in terms of communication. This growth of technology has also increased methods of travel which further connect geographically segmented societies. Traveling to the other side of the globe is now feasible to be completed in a relatively short period of time in comparison to previous times. Computer networks can literally send messages and communication within seconds and minutes. It's pretty amazing the way society is evolving into one that is so connected.

Historically societies have always possessed boundaries. If you look back to ancient civilizations, the various empires battled one another for controls of boundaries and enslaved the members of societies that were conquered. Over centuries many cultures were absorbed and moved within other cultures, but yet definitive ethnic and physical boundaries have always remained. Never in the history of the world has society completely lived as one unit. In the modern world, there is a lot of talk and some movement of world societies falling under one centralized entity. The European Union has united many nations to band together and NAFTA has erased trade barriers in North America as two examples. As the trend towards globalization continues, will boundaries ever cease to exist?

While today boundaries are indeed blurring and different cultures are mixing, which is wonderful in building diversity for everyone to learn from one another; as we all openly communicate and work together, it opens up a myriad of ways for us to blossom with innovative ideas and create more progress. Yet even through all this progress, there are still distinctive borders that exist.

We separate ourselves not only by physical geographical borders but by other restrictive structures as well. Primarily the boundaries that exist in a global society today are the ones we put on ourselves. Each nation in the world is built upon their own laws, customs, regulations, cultural norms, political infrastructures, and economic frameworks. These differences in structures of various layers of our individual societies construct the boundaries that exist and that are likely to continue to exist for the near future. While diversity is a wonderful and positive thing, we are still a far cry from uniting as one global borderless entity. History dictates that despite vast empires being amassed, borders never ceased to exist even though many cultures merged as one.

While technology has nurtured relationships and allowed globalization to grow tremendously, and has fostered the global society to unite in ways that were never more possible before than they are now, boundaries are not ready to be completely erased. Trends to unite in business, politics and regulatory stipulations will continue, but the boundaries that exist across the globe will also remain.

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