Mary Louise Pratt Summary

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Mary Louise Pratt is a famous Silver Professor, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Language Instructor at the prestigious New York University. She holds a B.A in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto; she attended the University of Illinois for her M.A in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Mary Louise Pratt introduced the idea of contact zones with the point of admiring the different aspects that exist within a society. By definition, the term contact zone exists when referring to the spaces that exist within the social sphere where people and individuals from different cultures meet. As different elements of the society and cultures meet, it enables them to clash, grapple with differences, …show more content…
In fact, it is a region where “transculturation” tends to take place. Pratt provides us some of the benefits connected with contact zones and how cultures benefit from these interactions. In the end, it enables people from different background to celebrate each other and look at different aspects of different cultures. The mass effect of this intersectionality that takes place through contact zones is influential in producing ideas and different perspectives related to different cultures and …show more content…
Although, it was in a positive manner, the same can occur, but in a negative effect. The problem with the music business is that it is unpredictable. If a genre of music came along with the same amount of support as Hip-hop and promoted violence, the effects can be lethal. For example, NWA’s protest song “F*** tha Police” from the album Straight Outta Compton expressed violence and hate toward the police officers and indicated that they were rapist. There still has been resistance to violence to the society of hip-hop. Master P, who is the president of No Limit records had established a campaign that advises rappers to avoid discussing violence in their songs and pushes them to rap about the art of making

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