Anthropology-Culture and Globalization Essays

1573 Words Apr 12th, 2011 7 Pages
ANTH101 Cultural Identities in a Globalized World

All throughout our readings, lectures, videos, and textbook we learn the effects of globalization on the different nations we studied. I often felt sad for these nations because we were encouraging them to practice our traditions and therefore their personal identities and culture were lost. Other than to improve healthcare and poverty through medical care and education I could not find positive improvements. In fact it appeared in most cases we were trying to force our beliefs and practices on these third world countries. Furthermore it appeared we weren’t doing this for the good of the group but to increase our own wealth, power, religious converts, prestige, and
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Even the children could say no to an elder if they did not want to do something, and that was respected and encouraged so the child could become a stronger adult. Although the elder could make them do it by asking them repeatedly. They also had plenty of free time and filled it with religious ceremonies. Overall, a content society with traditions and rituals practiced in an autonomous and egalitarian society. Fast forward to globalization and the American influences. They were made to feel ashamed because of practicing “auca” state. The school systems are not teaching their ways, but scorning the Waiorani ways. None of their values and traditions are being taught in the schools. The school systems, are actually denigrating the Wairoani language and culture. The children are not being taught it and even being taught to feel ashamed of being a Wairoani. They are less than. Presently, 90% of Waironi men are working for the oil companies. Back breaking, menial hard labor that keeps them away from their villages and families ves for long periods at a time introducing them to alcohol, drugs, STDs, and domestic violence. These things that they would have never been exposed to in their own culture. This society previously egalitarian is now hierarchal with split families and husanbads away for long periods of a time. The Quichas influence has introduced them to a culture where verbal and physical abuse has become common. The

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