Aisha Reed Professor Navarette Sociology 10, 11 February 2013 Nacirema is American It is very difficult to think outside the box and let go of one’s cultural norms. It is very easy to point the finger in disgust and fall victim of ethnocentrism when it comes to an unfamiliar culture. The article Body Ritual among the Nacirema, by Horace Miner, brings to light a group of North American people, named Nacirema, that culture includes the obsession over rituals that are done to the human body. These rituals might seem different but try and take a culturally relative perspective and ask yourself, “Why?” Nacirema’s culture is highly developed and they are extremely committed to reaching economic goals. A substantial amount of money and time are spent on ritual deeds that are suppose to improve the appearance and health of the body.
‘Body Ritual among the Nacirema’ The customs of the Nacirema are vastly different from other human cultures. Professor Linton brought their customs to light to other anthropologists around twenty years. Little is known about this culture and just how it is originated. Nacirema is highly concerned with economic growth and market economy. They believe the human body is ugly and by doing rituals you can avoid ugliness.
Personal Statement: I liked the tables in the book that showed whether or not the herbs/ natural medicine were shown to have a good effect on what they were supposed to. It was interesting to see how many things were thought to help some illness but really did nothing
Sociology 9/13/13 My Analysis of “Body Ritual Among The Nacirema” Horace Miner writes about the bizarre tribal practices of the Nacirema in “Body Ritual Among The Nacirema.” While reading through his report it becomes ever more aware that he is inadvertently speaking abut the American people. Nacirema is American spelled backwards. Miner takes things we do in our every day lives that are accepted by society, and turns them around and calls the rituals. These rituals are talked about in such a way that makes the reader think the Nacirema people are crazy, almost making the foreigners seam animalistic. When in real life they were doing things such as going to the doctor and getting there teeth cleaned.
He got the real experience of joy and devastation instead of just seeing it behind the protection of his castle walls. Lastly, Gilgamesh learned how much his people worked and had to suffer because of him. At the end of the book, he looks at the wall his people have built for him and sees how much effort is really put into everything that seemed so small and easy to him before. The elders also supported him, gave him good advice and moral support. Gilgamesh never thought about how hard his people had it, and he would have continued to think that they had it easier than they really did.
America’s History is Wrong The author of the book introduction titled Indian/White Relations: A View from the Other Side of the “Frontier,” Alfonso Ortiz, makes the reader scrutinize and think about how historians have recorded and retold America’s early history. The history familiar to most Americans is biased because it is in accordance with white settlers’ viewpoint only. The Native Americans viewed the white settlement differently than we recorded. The Americas were no “frontier” for exploration. The land was the home of the natives; it was explored and well known.
It’s been hard for Native American people as a whole to fight for legislation because we do experience what is referred to as “the digital divide” (“Native Americans”). Unlike so many cultures that are up on technology and innovation and new ways to communicate, we lack in that respect for the most part – hence this handwritten letter, haha. I wonder if that will change, soon, and if that will help our
Treatment of Aboriginals in Canada People outside of Canada perceive Canada as a very multicultural and accepting country. As we look through Canada’s past history between Aboriginal peoples and the government this statement doesn’t seem so true. “First Nations were often stripped of their rights in the past” (Riles02, Indian Act and Canadian Treaties). They had little say in their own lives due to the creation of the Indian Act, suppressing their traditions and trying to assimilate their culture. To try and control their lifestyles the government created residential schools, and forced the First Nations children to attend.
Although the Hatchery provides a secure and peaceful lifestyle, it simultaneously takes any intuition and uniqueness from the humans produced there. People are defaced to the level of machines produced on an assembly line. Reading this novel has really made me appreciate the freedoms that we have come to automatically assume. Non conformity and inventiveness, two traits that are completely abandoned by the Hatchery, are highly encouraged in today’s times. It is surprising that the future is depicted this way by Huxley because it seems like more of a degeneration of mankind rather than an advancement.
It is not in their culture to build personal relationships with the patients, they are just respected for their work and that is what they do. Some cultures may be very modest and have a hard time opening up to the physician because they feel that verbal communication is enough. It can be hard for some patients because in some parts of the world there is not this much care provided, so they are not used to all of the personal questions that make health care communication so effective. Overall, communication is the key to effective communication. Yes, there may be rules and regulations providers need to follow, but aside from that times have changed and more and more is expected from the providers and the patients.