“Is Nationalism an Asset or hindrance in today’s Globalized World”

According to Merriam-Webster’s Learning dictionary, Nationalism is defined as-

  1. a.         A feeling that people have of being Loyal to and proud of their country often with the belief that is better and more important than other countries.
  2. b.         A desire by a Large group of people (such as people who share the same culture, history, language etc) to form a separate and independent nation of their own.
  3. c.         Loyalty and devotion to a nation especially with a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.
  4. d.       A nationalistic movement or government.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia it defines Nationalism as a shared group of feeling in the significance of a geographical and sometimes demographic region seeking independence for its culture or ethnicity that holds that group together. This can be expressed as a belief or political ideology that involves an individual identifying with or becoming attached to ones nation.

According to Allen Myers, she defines Nationalism as the belief that members of a nation share common interests that are different from the interests of other nations and different from the interests of the human race as a whole. Whereas,

Globalization is defined as the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas and other aspects of culture-…………from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Former American president Jimmy Carter’s quotes and speeches, he related globalization as defined by rich people like him as a very nice thing…you are talking about the internet, you are talking about the cell phones and you are talking about computer. This doesn’t affect two thirds of the people in the world.

Since globalization is the ongoing process that is linking people, neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries much more closely together than they have ever been before, then I would be right to say that globalization has increased the spread of nationalism towards making the world one global village and whereas this has been good for growth and development across the globe, we are experiencing our own share of its disadvantages too. Today good and wrong messages are able to cut across the globe in seconds than never before and this impacts differently to generations.

In accordance with our topic therefore, Nationalism is an Asset and a hindrance in today’s globalized world.

Nationalism is an asset in many ways as stated below,

  1. a.     Acts as a symbol of unity and development. In countries where people are loyal and proud of their country and where a sense of national consciousness puts a country first and emphasizes its culture and interests as opposed to other nations are more united than elsewhere in the world. The most prominent country in the world where communities live in harmony, share common interests and are compassion ed to each other in times of success, grief and happiness is the republic of the United States of America. America has been able to grow and develop its communities more easily than anywhere in the world due to one common bidding factor of oneness- putting their country first in everything. The next most prominent country is the United Kingdom where their Leaders have done everything within their power to protect its citizenry and promote its interests no matter how they neighbors’ think and believe in.
  2. b.     Identification of state and people. There are countries in the world where Nationalism is a showcase of different interests from the interests of other human races and the most prominent example is Republic of North Korea. They seem to be cut off from the rest of the world but this doesn’t threaten their superiority and dominance.
  3. c.      Fair competition between nations and business enterprises. The growth of nationalism has given rise to the fair competition between nations and business communities. Different companies have been able to compete favorably and subsequently improve on the quality of their products and services. I come from the western part of Uganda and most people in my village at one time only knew that Nokia was the only good phone but after being exposed to various brands, they are able now to make informed decision of what to buy and at what price. Consumers around the world have been able to visibly distinguish between Chinese products visa vie other products from European or American companies despite the different campaigns which have been sounded across the citizenry to always buy their home products but this doesn’t stop anyone from choosing genuine products from  variety.

Nationalism is too a hindrance to today’s globalized world in a sense that,

  1. a.     The rise of nationalism propelled the growth of Islamic state militias especially where we have seen individuals or groups of people who share the same culture, language or history but struggle to form their own separate and independent nation of their own often using violent means to threaten and intimidate anyone opposed to their thinking. The rise of Islamic states militia group’s acts where thousands of young people including children are put on the front line to commit horrific atrocities to innocent populations across the globe and this has shaken the world than never before.
  2. b.     The rise of nationalism has increased the spread of terrorism. The rise of beliefs or political ideology where individuals across the globe are continuously becoming attached to or identifying with a particular group has given rise to new kinds of terrorism and many innocent people are continuing to lose their lives in relation with this weird obsession of terrorists sympathizers. This has been recorded with recent massacres’ in United States of America, France, and Great Britain and to various African countries.
  3. c.      The rise of nationalism has increased hatred and racial discrimination. This has been evidenced where we have seen one on one attacks of stabbings, strangling, hot verbal exchanges to particular groups of races especially those who are perceived western or its allies. This unbecoming behavior is all as a result of increasing hatred between the various ethnic races and which is on a steady rise.



Names: Julius Nduhura

Email address: jnduhura@gmail.com

Tel no: +256 705 422740/791669209.

Name of the school: Kyambogo University, Po box 01 Kyambogo- Uganda.

Level of education: Undergraduate student of Bachelor of Science in textiles and clothing technology.


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