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  • Coming Into Manhood Of The Nigerian Teenager
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    American and Nigerian Culture American and Nigerian cultures are alike in some aspects of life, while being dissimilar in other aspects. This idea is clearly exemplified when one compares their own experience and knowledge of culture in America to that description and portrayal of Nigerian culture as seen through Buch i Emecheta's novel, The Wrestling Match. Both of our societies can be looked at as parallel in how teenagers are typically stereotyped, rivalry among towns / villages, and the atta...
  • Story Frames And Cultures
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    Story Frames Since all perception is shaped by the cultural knowledge you bring to it, in-depth understanding almost always involves expanding that knowledge by crossing cultural boundaries. (Maura Shea, 1997) Here is a quote from the book Frame Works that is bigger than life and demands an explanation. Barbara D onofrio (1990/1997) stated that [C] common cultural stories are often referred to as story frames, story schemata, or scripts. (pg. 19) These story frames are told throughout our lives ...
  • Ethnocentric Perceptions Of Other Cultures
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    To view one's own culture as the universal by which all others are judged would be ultimately subjective, as our perceptions of cultural differences are shaped largely by our immersion in our own culture. An ethnocentric approach stems from judging an alternate culture in relation to one's own pre-conceived cultural values, held to be superior; the parallax phenomenon, the inability to escape our own biases, prevents objective analysis of different cultures. A cultural relativist maintains the p...
  • Negative Aspects About Western Culture
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    West vs. World " Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap". (Hermann Hesse.) It is difficult for any culture in the world to avoid the blending of cultures. In Marshal Sahlins essay, "Two or Three Things...
  • Raisin In The Sun By Hansberry
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    The civil rights movement brought enlightenment towards the abolishment of segregation laws. Although the laws are gone does segregation still exist in fact? 'What happens to a dream deferred, does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?' ; said, in a poem by Langston Huge's. The story, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry showed segregation and its affects upon all races. This essay will show how Assimilationists and New Negroes fought for their own identity in the mid twentieth century. Whet...
  • Your Own Culture
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    "The Great Melting Pot" Many times when you live in a certain area you do start to pick up on the other cultures around you. No matter what state you live in there are many cultures blending together. Many people do blend the other cultures of the people around them into their own culture. I've lived in many states and was able to experience this first hand. All my friends have all picked up on the culture around them from wither their family or friends. All the time I see the cultures blending ...
  • Their Cultural Values And Beliefs
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    Are we limited in knowledge, in imagination, and in understanding by the culture we grow up in? In other words, are we ethnocentric, and if so is it a bad thing? To answer that, one must understand what ethnocentrism is. According to Macionis (2004), ethnocentrism is "the practice of judging another culture by the standards of one's own culture". We are not born with culture; culture is a socially learned behavior, or set of values that a given groups holds as a norm and are considered to be tru...
  • Appropriation Of Video Tools By The Kayapo
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    ASPECTS OF SOCIAL CHANGE The Kayapo had already integrated into their daily activities various tools and practices from the modern surrounding societies, such as managing medical instruments for basic treatments. Young people, duly trained, had been acting as health promoters. They also used radio to communicate with other Kayapo groups living within the Xingu Indigenous Park. Instead of just being subjects of documentary films, the Kayapo quickly understood the advantages of video technology as...
  • Their Cultural And Ethnic Diversity
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    Is an open mind a good thing It is fashionable today to have an "open mind" and to subscribe to pluralist theories. It is no longer acceptable to have and defend your own viewpoint. They tell us that every culture and every opinion and every idea has merit in and of itself and that no one has the right to argue that. They tell us that if we impose our own ideas and culture and viewpoints upon others, their cultural contribution to the world will be lost. The only way to keep our cultural diversi...
  • Mr Head And Nelson
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    In OConners "The Artificial Nigger" the essences of prejudice and degradation are captured to a great extent. Reality shows us with needless consistency people who need to feel better about themselves and only achieve it by being better than someone else. Mr. Head, the grandfather, is an example of one of these people. He is in competition with seemingly everyone he encounters. Racism is just one of the forms he utilizes to demean others, while elevating his own self-image. OConners depiction of...
  • Ethnic Thai With Other Ethnic Groups
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    Cultural Analysis Introduction Thailand is a meeting place, where people of diverse backgrounds have come together to pool their culture and racial characteristics, giving rise to something new, strong and vital. With a territory and population about the same size as France, Thailand's people are mostly ethnic Thai, with other ethnic groups mixed in: Burmese, Chinese, Lao, Khmer and hill tribes. The people are mostly Buddhist, less than 10 percent believe in other faiths: Islam, Christianity, Hi...
  • Esperanza's Culture
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    In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros describes a male dominant culture that offers women little opportunity for growth, freedom and independence. This culture defines a woman through her roles of wife and mother, She is meant to take care of the home, to nurture and not to seek to better herself or to exist as an individual. Through a collection of vignettes, Cisneros suggests that gender roles are determined by the culture in which a woman lives and that she must find the inner strengt...
  • Icelandic Culture And Lifestyle
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    What do you do when you meet someone for the first time? Most people shake hands with each other. This behavior is a habit for most Americans. However, the same act was quite different when my brother's friend tried to shake hands with my father. Although Korean culture has assimilated the handshake, a teenager shaking hands with an adult is still a cultural shock to many Korean adults. In a manner similar to this example, 101 Reykjavik also depicts the similarities and differences of cultures. ...

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