globalization

In / Out Groups: Nationalism

More on ‘in’ and ‘out’ groups.  Cartoon by Tom Gauld.

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Norms: Ikea in Different Cultures

The Ikea chain of stores is a “world-wide wonder” with locations in 49 different countries.  Marketing, and more specifically the annual catalogue, are adapted to their respective countries.  Quartz has an interesting article about some of these variations and resulting controversiespussy riot ikeaImage from The Moscow Times

Halal Certification

This clip from The Weekly addresses the islamophobia driving the controversy over Vegemite being certified halal in Australia.  Being certified halal means no changes to the product itself, only that the product would be open to a larger market.  But Australian Conservative senator Cory Bernardi has started a senate inquiry, claiming that making Vegemite halal might fund terrorism and lead to higher prices, both of which are untrue.