Cultural Differences Between Cultural And Cultural Culture Essay

1325 Words Aug 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Before moving on to understanding the differences between cultural change and cultural genocide it is important to have an understanding of the term culture. As has already been pointed out in both preceding chapters cultural genocide has and is a highly contested concept in both the international legal sphere and the academic sphere. The importance of culture and it’s protection is evidenced in the drafting process of the UNGC which was looked at in chapter one as well as in the words of the states that were proponents of the article on cultural genocide throughout the drafting of the UNGC. Furthermore the destruction of culture has been highlighted as an indicator of potential problems in a state by not only the United Nations in various outlets but various international law cases have highlighted the importance of culture. The importance of culture as an aspect of human uniqueness and its importance to social groups is evident; the loss of culture means that a group ceases to exist as a distinct group. Mundorff expands upon this idea:

A group is comprised of its individuals, but also of its history, traditions, the relation between the group members, and the relationship with other groups, etc. Even without moving into what can be described as cultural genocide it can certainly be argued that a group is destroyed already when its components, besides the physical lives of the group members, are eliminated.

As has been pointed out previously, the groups that are…

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