Teaira Renfro Sociology Assignment 1 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema The Nacirema are a people who stress the importance of physical wellness and go to great and to the outsider horrific lengths to ensure this. A professor Linton was the first to shed light on the particularly bizarre lifestyle that is lived by the Nacirema. Physical wellness being so heavily stressed is not the bizarre aspects, it is the spiritual sense and seemingly blind faith they put into their beliefs that is bewildering. These people believe the human body is ugly and that it breeds disease. The Nacirema pray daily through a private shrine in there house to, what seems to me cleanse and prevent, what to them lurks and breeds in our body.It is believed by the people that there is magical forces possessed in a chest in the shrine.
Different people act behave different in similar situation and respect their actions and see their point of view of their belief and their culture. After reading this article, I thought it was interesting because Nacirema do things that we do not do and felt like I gained a knowledge about another culture. I am concluding this because I believe I covered the material. I’ve learn that every culture is different and we should understand and respect
Even though we looked at one thing in different side, I can still know that Nacirema was similar to us. Now, I used connect Nacirema with our group by using cultural relativism to understand this group since the cultural relativism was “the viewing of people’s behavior from the perspective of their own culture”. For example, we had our restroom, they had their shrine room; we had our dentist, they had their “holy-mouth-men”; and we had our children who had mental problem by being blamed by their mother, and they had their children who had a curse
Kaptchuk wonders to what extend, if at all, Western medicine can take advantage of the placebo effect to improve treatment. Whats the big idea? For decades, the medical establishment has treated all placebo effects equally but Kaptchuk's studies show the importance of how fake treatments are administered. What has become most clear is that, despite the emphasis Western medicine places on material and chemical changes, medicine is a ritualistic event. Beyond the science of pharmaceuticals is the science of care, a role which encompasses how pills affect our physiology.
Nevertheless, the technologies also prolong the dying processes, leading some people to question whether modern medicine is forcing patients to live in unnecessary pain when there is no chance they will be cured. “Passive euthanasia—disconnecting a respirator or removing a feeding tube has become an accepted solution to this dilemma. Active euthanasia perhaps an overdose of pills or a deadly injection of morphine remains controversial “(McDougall,
“Body Ritual among the Nacirema” and the core concepts of sociology. The article “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” relates to the core concepts of sociology in many ways. Horace Miner does a wonderful job of describing the American culture in a unique way. Although the article describes many aspects of American life, it is written to influence the reader into thinking that they are reading about an uncivilized tribe of people who either existed a long time ago, or still exist today. This article hides many of the core terms that relate to sociology including sociological imagination and ethnocentrism.
While filing this pro bono case Erin found medical documents along with the real estate documents and decided to do some investigating. After speaking with the Jensens she found some suspicious information liking the family and PG & E. With further investigation Erin found that there was a poisonous element called hexavalent chromium that was found in the drinking water of the area that the Jensens lived. She also found that the side effects from exposure to hexavalent chromium resembled the Jensens same side effects and that PG & E were paying for the families doctor bills. She then proposed that PG & E were paying the doctors to cover for them and to lie to the family about the chromium. After faxing over a document with proof of the chromium found in the water where the family lived, PG & E were very quick to respond with what they thought was a reasonable offer for the Jensens home of 250,000 dollars.
Eng 101 W. O’Connell Essay #1 In his essay “People Like Us “, David Brooks’ analysis various types of segregation in America and how people like to think that we live in divers country, when in reality human nature likes to segment themselves whether by race, religion, culture, class or politics. He raises the problem of cultural affinity. For example, author says ” Instead, what I have seen all around the country is people making strenuous efforts to group themselves with people who are basically like themselves ”(331). He explains how majority of us like to flock in circles with like-minded people, the area within which we share common ideas. It is clear from the first sentences that D. Books has a strong opinion about social distinction.
Nacirema Claim: The Nacirema believe that certain rituals and ceremonies must be practiced to maintain and improve the condition of their bodies and social status because of superstitious beliefs and they believe the human body is ugly and the only way from preventing it from getting weak and diseased is to practice powerful rituals devoted to this purpose Evidence: This culture of these people is still poorly understood, even after being studied by various anthropologists. But we do know some things that can lead us to making the conclusion of why they do the things they do. They live around the Canadian Creel the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico and they are wealthy people. In paragraph 4 they speak about how families create shrines in their houses. In this shrine is a box with potions and charms that they believe are needed to
Roger Chillingworth is a brilliant and revolutionary man who's views on subjects such as medicine are affected by the natives which whom he lived with and alchemy. These ideas, like most aspects of his essence, are frowned upon by the Puritan society. Chillingworth slowly progresses from a middle-aged, wise, physician, to a malignant wraith. Physically, he becomes more bent on the death of those who have wronged him, while at the same time he also becomes more conniving in his thoughts. Chillingworth uses many herbal and alchemical ingredients in his remedies, including those which he gives Hester and Pearl when he first visits them in their confines.