One of the major questions about globalization is if it is inevitably accompanied by modernization. In removed countries, it makes sense that the introduction of a global economy probably implies an integration of modern technology and practices. In Linda Green’s article about Mayan factory workers, she addresses the effects industrial labor has on the indigenous families and traditions. She seems to argue this point as well: that as young women work in these modernized factories, their idea of an ideal life slowly changes. Before the production of corn became industrialized, growing the plant was a family practice that involved all members of the family to contribute to its production in one form or another. This was a huge part of the children’s cultural education; it helped connect the adults and children to the land, which for the Mayans, has great spiritual significance. Now, as this traditional practice slowly becomes less and less necessary, these bonds are being broken thus taking away a cultural tradition that has been in place for centuries. I do not think it is fair that modernization robs families and cultures of their practices. Hopefully this transitional period will introduce new traditions into the familial unit that will be of equal value to the previous ones.
Another part of this article interests me because it seems to combine the modern influence with the traditional values. Green describes how the young women who work at the factories save up their money for buying certain personal products. Some of the most common items that these teenagers purchase are traditional clothing. So, they use their wages earned at a modern factory to further develop their indigenous identity. This seems like a contrast to the separation of tradition and modernization. It demonstrates a fusion that is going on between tradition and modernization. This shows the possibility of productively combining what once was to what now is.