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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 2001. Department of Political Science.


Copyright 2001, the author. Used by permission.


The end of the bipolar Cold War era and the increasing globalization of the last decade have resulted in new questions about the domestic and international role of the state.One effect of an uncertain international environment framed by globalization is that traditional military and economic threat considerations are being joined by cultural threat considerations, as a growing number of cultural products cross borders and are interpreted as influences on national identity.Negative reactions to globalization and the spread of a “global culture” are often based on the belief that it is largely American pop culture that is threatening other national identities, particularly through U.S. “soft power” advantages and its dominance of audiovisual industries.The level of a given state’s support of culture is proposed to be a function of the degree to which foreign cultural products have penetrated the local markets and the state’s propensity to intervene in the economy.By examining how different states promote national culture internally, protect national culture from outside intrusion, and project national culture elsewhere, new insight is gained as to how states are redefining their roles in the new international environment.

Advisor: David P. Rapkin