Chapter 1: The Culture Of Power By Paul Kivel

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In an ever globally growing society, a mixture of cultures, community, and desires for control compete. Culture includes the phenotypic differences others perceive, but culture also contains the foundation of inner values and beliefs. Control is the grab for power that has been repeatedly sought after between varying regions and groups; furthermore, the repercussions of this desire is evident throughout history. Community not only brings those with similar backgrounds together, but is a vital need in human experience. Moreover, culture, control, and community are important because awareness of these different dynamics enable a more sustainable, peaceful society.
Knowledge of differing cultures is important because increased awareness allows understanding of the history and why present traditions are carried out. It can also influence individual appreciation for personal culture, and how present culture developed. There are reasons behind people’s ways of thinking and actions. Culture is often interpreted only at its surface; in reality there are philosophies behind the exterior
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Control is “ Whenever one group of people accumulates more power than another group,” and then “the more powerful group creates an environment that places its members at the cultural center and other groups at the margins” (Chapter 1: The Culture of Power, by Paul Kivel). Empathy is necessary in understanding control: those in the dominant group must shake off the unconscious blindfold towards the struggles of the subordinate group, and the subordinate group must channel energy towards gaining equal opportunities without submitting to violence caused by the distress of their current social situation. Therefore, awareness of controlling groups and oppressed groups is needed to build a society without tensions with the possibility to cause

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