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  • Intense Preference For Own Group
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    Ethnocentricity Jan Pettman (1986: 6) claims that ethnocentric ty 'is a vital ingredient ina racist ideology' and upon contemplation, she is probably correct. D'Souza (1996: 522) is right when he says that many cultures have 'an intense preference for [their] own group' over others. Yet it is perhaps the intensity of preference and the way the preference is expressed that distinguishes ethnocentricity from racism. While racism combines the intense preference with un admirable actions, ethnocentr...
  • Point Of View Of My Own Culture
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    Begler, Elsie. Global Cultures: The First Steps Toward Understanding Social Education. September 1998, 62 (5) Pg. 272-275. In Beglers Article a discussion on how educators should go about teaching culture occurs. The article starts out by giving a definition of what is meant by culture and the different aspects of culture. The Author sets up the guidelines for which she will interpret and use culture. The definitions of culture are presented very clearly so as the reader can fully understand whe...
  • Trickster Of Greek Mythology
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    The Trickster Karl Jung's explanation for the archetypes that surface in cultural and religious literature is that they are the product of what he calls the collective unconsciousness. That thread of consciousness that connects all human beings and cultures around the world. Yet it is not visible to the naked eye, one must look for the signs of it by researching cultures who are long gone and comparing them to each other and our own. Studying it reminds us that all humans are bound together by a...
  • Rampant In Many Other Cultures
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    Classical Readings on Cultural AnthropologyByGary Ferraro What do we have to learn through the study of different cultures? I was hoping for some wonderful revelation in the collection of writings. I may have found one. This book was a difficult read for me. I am not sure whether it's my age or my inexperience with classical readings. I also found it difficult to formulate a report on a collection of readings, the last report I did was on Laura Ingall's Little House on the Prairie. This reading ...
  • Order For The Zen Master
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    Zen's Influence on the Art of the Sword Zen has long had a great influence upon Japanese culture. Many aspects of this culture are touched upon by Zen including art, literature, and specific ceremonies such as the one concerning tea. During the Kamakura period of Japan, another area of culture began to be affected by Zen; the martial arts of the samurai class. Somewhere along the line, the samurai realized the ease with which the monks of Zen Buddhism dealt with issues such as mortality and then...
  • Sovereignty And Autonomy
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    Jeremy Reed Senior Seminar March 19, 1998 One of the most daunting tasks facing political scientists and students of international relations today is the effort to develop clearly defined parameters of when a group of people has the right to self-determination. With the global rise of ethnic and nationalist conflict precipitated by the fall of the Soviet Union and the resultant end of the bipolar international system, groups such as the Kurds in the Middle East are staking claims to sovereignty ...
  • Cultural Sensitivity In Multicultural Counseling
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    SOCIOLOGY - A New Perspective "Every person is like all persons, like some persons and like no other persons" (Speight 32). I believe every one of us to be unique in one respect or another and for counselors to maximize their potential they must see the differences as well as the similairities. Stemming from a cultural backround these values can be seen. Culture plays a huge role in counseling, but how culture is defined has been a problem. Back in the '50's two anthropologists counted the defin...
  • Important As Their Own Culture's Politics
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    A World of Diversity Ethnocentric, derived from the Greek words of Ethno's, meaning race, people or cultural group, and Kentrikos, meaning concentrated about or directed to a center is a word that greatly describes many cultures on this planet we call Earth. The official definition of Ethnocentric is? characterized or based on the attitude that ones own group is superior? or? having race as a central interest? There is a whole world of problems, politics, and, other cultures, but it seems that t...

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