An Analysis Of Karl Polanyi's Double Movement

Anastasiya Trachenko
Professor Postero
20 October 2015
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1. Mortal neglect refers to the idea of neglecting a child until death strikes. In Brazil’s culture, it was actually accepted to neglect the needs of one’s baby if the child were to be born ill and weak. As shocking as it may sound to someone coming from our culture, it was thought of to be God’s plan for the mother to neglect the child in order to help it pass away. The ill babies are seen as angels who want to die so the mother is simply helping them by not taking their lives into her hands. It is believed that if the child dies, it simply did not have the will to survive. The mothers are not to blame for this mortal neglect because in their culture they are just helping with God’s plan. It is seen as a type of sacrifice when the mothers neglect their infants to the point of death.(Scheper-Hughes 340-399)
3. Orientalism is related to the term “discourse.” It
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The Double Movement is Karl Polanyi 's theory of a couple of economical processes in modern history. The first “movement” is markedly different from all the others with its own characteristics. The second “movement” is the reaction and conflict with the first movement. Polanyi basically believed that there was constant creation of different markets and then changes resulting in the destruction or creation of new markets. (Polanyi 99-103)
5. The West vs. the Rest- “The West” is a term that is given to more advanced cultures such as ours. These cultures can be described as moral, civilized, industrial, developed, and educated. On the contrary, “The Rest” is a term that is given to less advanced cultures such as the poor countries in Asia. These cultures can be described as primitive, immoral, savage, underdeveloped, and uneducated. “The Rest vs. The Rest” is of great significance in our class due to it being greatly involved with the term “discourse.” (Hall 207)
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