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In so far as culture was invoked it was largely in terms of the functional significance of 'the Protestant ethic' in having supposedly stimulated a disciplined orientation to work, political participation, and so on. ' I speak of the debate about convergence and divergence. , 1960), while adherents to the divergence stance emphasized the idea of there being different paths to and forms of 'modernity' (rather narrowly conceived) and that in that sense there was not convergence but divergence. Needless to say this debate has been revived in the light of the collapse of communism in much of the world by the early 1990s and the wave of societal democratization that swept across the continents in the late 1980s and the early 1990s (notwithstanding resistance in China, parts of the territory of the old Soviet Union, the Middle East, and elsewhere).
My thinking about globalization (as well as religion) has been affected by this consideration of Weber's dominant view of 'world' as it is manifest in his explicit work on Page 3 religion in relation to his less explicit view of 'world' as the arena of international struggle, a consideration which is relevant to contemporary questions about modernity and the idea of postmodernity. That observation also has a great bearing upon what Bryan Turner (forthcoming) has called, in response to some of my work, soteriological issues of a global nature and also upon what we might now mean, in a heavily globalized world, by sociology, or any other intellectual endeavor, as a vocation, or calling.
Globalization' has also become a significant ingredient of advertising. It has, as well, become a matter of great concern in considerations of the curriculum in many educational systems, along with an often competing interest in multicultural indeed 'postmodern' education. Albrow (1990: 68) has argued that we can identify five stages in the history of sociology, considering the latter from within the current concern with globalization: universalism; national sociologies; internationalism; indigenization; and globalization.