In Linda Green’s article, Notes on Mayan Youth and Rural Industrialization in Guatemala, she mentions how adolescents are being pulled in two different cultural directions. They have the ability to follow in their parents footsteps and remain Indian or they can become part of the modern culture. The increasing access to popular culture, “Western” religion and “Western” ideas are at the heart of this shift in culture.
While globalization has had mixed results in Guatemala, I believe shifts in culture cannot be viewed as a negative side-effect. Changes in technology as a result of the industrial revolution led to major cultural changes in the United States, and I believe few wish that these changes had taken place. These youth in Guatemala have the ability to decide which path they want to follow. Globalization is not being shoved down their throats, and as long as they have the ability to pick their path the cultural changes resulting from globalization are just fine by me.