Sociology 1 Essay

1130 WordsNov 2, 20145 Pages
Promised Land The study of the United States society and the cultural routines that are revealed and concealed from with-in have been studied extensively by Horrace Minor, University of Michigan. In the article “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” Minor reveals American’s care and concern for the bodies wellbeing. Showing the vainness of Americans by describing our general beliefs to be, “The fundamental belief underlying the whole system appears to be that the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease.”(p. 503) the descriptive nature of the article tells the story with the view of magic potions, shrines, and rituals. The way Minor describes American culture with an absurdness of middle age descriptions and references, he says, “Incarcerated in such a body, man’s only hope is to avert these characteristics through the use of the powerful influences of ritual and ceremony. Every house- hold has one or more shrines devoted to this purpose.” Minor’s description of the shrine shows the bathroom being the heart of the American household, he goes on to say, “The focal point of the shrine is a box or chest which is built into the wall. In this chest are kept the many charms and magical potions without which no native believes he could live.” The medicine cabinet in an American household often holds pain relievers, lotions, and prescriptions. The “medicine man, holy mouth man, herbalist, and listener” are all descriptions of upstanding professions in American society. The doctor, dentist, pharmacist, and psychiatrist all have central roles in American society. Many of these professionals have ethnocentrism views concerning the people they help. Some only cater to the wealthy and high social status. While the more level minded professionals in these fields are more concerned with the well-being of the general public. The American

More about Sociology 1 Essay

Open Document