Write 8 pages with APA style on Globalization and the Youth Culture of Dakar. Then gauging that against the ideas of globalization as they are discussed by Inda and Rosaldo, the influences of cultures as they collide can be seen for how they are changing existing cultures and reinventing through filters as they influence life across the world. The emergence of globalization has created a youth-driven culture as the ways of the old are being shadowed by the influences of new cultures through media, consumerism, and the emergence of a capitalistic based world economy.
According to Scheld, ” In Dakar, youth are increasingly entrepreneurial individuals who base the authenticity of their cosmopolitan identity on an ability to buy and sell (trade) in the urban/global informal economy” (232). This might be seen as a Westernization of thought and identity that has embraced the nature of consumerism and shaped the way in which the youth are supporting their feelings of participation in a world that has grown large through globalization. The creation of clothing lines within the Dakar cosmopolitan has emerged through a sense of community. those involved using social terms of interaction in order to support what they are creating. While there is an undercurrent of dishonest behaviors, they are framed by social rules which include creative and competitive structures of behavior. Sheld states that “youth steer the economic cultural life of the city and keep it hooked into the global economy” (232). Sheld’s research is based upon a belief that “Dakarois youth use dress to shape the city and urban identity” (232).
Sheld’s work examines “how clothing use and exchange shape cosmopolitan identities, the city, and global flows of people and goods in a West African metropolis” (232). The region of Dakar is economically depressed, the city a wash of deterioration and decay, but the young people of the region dress in ways that are both provocative and colorful, injecting into the economy a relationship.