Essay about The Tapestry Metaphor

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The Tapestry Metaphor

We have all heard or used the tapestry metaphor at one time or another: “It's like a tapestry —with many delicate threads all woven together to make a whole.” Yes, we have heard it again and again. But why not repeat it? Well, after contemplating on the sociocultural experiences I chose to study—attending a Sunday worship service at the local Nazarene church and arraignments at the Juneau Court House—I believe that a person's idea of her or his cultural self is like a tapestry. One's own life experiences and communications with others are the threads. And woven together, the experiences of one's life create a unique cultural being.

The Juneau Church of the Nazarene conducts its Sunday services much like many
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The magistrate then addressed the cases of some seven or eight Juneau Correctional Center inmates. After the prisoners left the courtroom, the magistrate went down the calendar and attended to other various cases. Knowing only the basics of the judicial process, I gathered from my observations that arraignments serve as preliminary sentencing for misdemeanors and small crimes. Those accused (by the City or State), with or without the advice of a lawyer, can plead guilty or not guilty. If they plead not guilty, a lawyer is provided (depending on qualifications based on household income), and a trial date is set. If they plead guilty, the judge allocates a fitting sentence. At the arraignment session I witnessed, there were approximately 15 to 20 cases dealt with. Some were also conducted over the phone.

Between the two sociocultural settings I witnessed, there were not very many similarities. The main similarity I observed was the reliance on a definite leader within the social structures of the two settings. Sunday morning church relies on a certain number of leaders, if not one—the pastor—to conduct and manage the service. Any court arraignment, hearing, or trial also requires a leader—the judge or magistrate. In both sociocultural settings, this leadership is displayed clearly by the elevation of the leader's chair or podium at the front of the room. (This is so

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