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Culture - It is interesting that Raymond Williams creates a division between high class culture and lower class culture, suggesting that culture is ordinary, shared and common. If this is the case why does he emphasise a division in light of this concept. And if we all share a common culture can there be a division. It is difficult to understand the term culture. What is culture. Is it a utopian dream, is it a shared group of interests that bring a community together, or is it just simply a way of life. There are so many questions surrounding culture and its meaning....   [tags: Sociology, High and Low Class Culture] 1229 words
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Mcdonald's Restaurants Influence on Hong Kong Culture - The McDonald's Corporation is one of the world’s largest chain fast food restaurant, which is headquartered in the United States. It has expanded its business in 119 countries, including Hong Kong. The company mainly provides fast food such as hamburgers, french fries, chickens and soft drinks. McDonald’s started its business in Hong Kong in 1975. Now, the company already has 218 branches in Hong Kong. Our group would like to analyze how McDonald's Restaurants (HK) Ltd(McDonald's) maintained its sustainability of business in the past 38 years since it had already influenced lifestyle of most Hong Kong people and become part of the local culture of Hong Kong....   [tags: culture, economic, strategies, perspective] 2087 words
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Factors Contributed that to the Formation of Eunuch Culture in Ming Dynasty - Eunuchs, a group of castrated people served in the palace, were initially hired to take care of the personal life of the emperors. However, because of their accessibility to the rulers, they sometimes could be so powerful that can control the government. Shi, Yi, a historian in Qing Dynasty, had ever said that”There were three periods in Chinese History, in which eunuchs actually took control of the country. Among those three periods, Ming dynasty was the most severe one.” Compare to their predecessors in late Tang dynasty, eunuchs in Ming dynasty possessed less power as they could not control the military and were not instrumental in selecting the next emperor....   [tags: castration, Chinese history, culture]
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Japan cracking U.S. pop culture hegemony - Thoughts of Japanese culture typically includes reference of the traditional words such as Kabuki, sumo, samurai, or ninja according to Amelia Newcomb, author of “Japan cracking U.S. pop culture hegemony”. This is not true anymore, in fact, without realizing it, Japanese culture has seeped in under the door an invaded the American culture. Roland Kelts, author of the book Japanamerica, wrote about such ideals: The terms anime, manga, and otaku have become common parlance in the American media, no longer explained or defined in parentheses....   [tags: Japanese Culture, Anime] 2105 words
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Misunderstandings of a Foreigner in American Culture - I still remember the shock I got when I first moved here. What a terribly superficial culture this country has, I thought. The way people treat each other, especially in conversations. At the beginning they ask you: "How are you?" But beware. They don't really want to know how you are, and if you make the mistake of actually giving them a detailed account of your well-being, they'll shun you for weeks. On the other hand, you're required to immediately embrace all new acquaintances with the standard "Nice to meet you." Maybe you weren't even in the mood to meet somebody at this particular moment, and if she or he turns out to be just another perfectly intolerable human being, then you lied to...   [tags: American Culture]
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How Is The Internet Reshaping Culture - How is the Internet reshaping what we mean by culture. During the 20th century, electricity, the telephone, the automobile, and the airplane made the world more accessible to people and transforming our society in the process. Most people had to call their local bank to check their statements. Or wait for the paper invoice in the mail. The latest score for last night's hockey game were found in the local newspaper. Then came the accessible worldwide system of interconnected networks called the Internet....   [tags: Modern Culture] 1376 words
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Puerto Rico’s Culture, History, and Food - Puerto Rico better known as “Rich Port” is 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers). It sits off the coast of southern Florida. It surrounds some of the deepest waters in the entire Atlantic Ocean. Also it is a part of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico is composed of year-round mild climate, and has many white, sandy beaches and extraordinary hotels. Puerto Rico is made up of four main land regions: the coastal lowlands, the coastal valleys, the foothills, and the central mountains. The largest city and capital is San Juan, which is located in the lowlands....   [tags: Puerto Rico, culture, geography, ]
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Children and Culture - Children and Culture As children we are automatically taught to be open-minded. We are taught not to stare at people which teaches us not to be disrespectful to one another. Also we are taught to respect and be kind to everyone regardless. As kids we are still untouched by he worlds ways of thinking and if we unattached our self’s from someone that’s of a different race it’s because we can't relate to them and we sill don't know how to handle ourselves in different situations. I believe it's still an unknown fact how some people grow up and become adults who want nothing to do with anyone that isn’t like them....   [tags: Culture Cultural Racial Essays] 1150 words
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Culture of India - It is not surprising that thinkers as diverse as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mahatma Gandhi have found inspiration in The Bhagavad Gita, the great HINDU religious poem. At first glance, this statement must seem odd to you: after all, The Bhagavad Gita describes a momentary surcease in a vast battle in which brothers fight brothers in bloody, historical technicolor. The principal character, Arjuna, sits in a chariot in the midst of the mass of soldiers who wait -- surprisingly patiently -- as Arjuna looks into his conscience and questions his divine charioteer, Krishna....   [tags: Ancient World Culture] 386 words
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Trudeaumania: Role Culture Plays in Achieving Political Power - ... Trudeau's charisma is often credited as the key attribute behind Trudeaumania. Merriam- Webster defines charisma as "a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure such as a political leader" (n.d.). Said charisma provided Trudeau with a significant amount of standing with Canadians. In his book Fire and Ashes Michael Ignatieff defines standing as "a word from the law that means the right to have your day in court...a friend who has gone through a tough time has standing with us....   [tags: canadian culture, pride, hope, obama]
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Components of Leadership in Fullan's "Leading in a Culture of Change" - Fullan discusses five components of leadership in a culture of change, in the book Leading in a Culture of Change (2001). The first component is moral purpose – making a positive change on the life of employees. “To strive to improve the quality of how we live together is moral purpose of the highest order (Fullan, 2001, p. 14). The second component is the understanding change process. Fullan list six ideas that help understand the change process 1) the goal is not to innovate the most; 2) it is not enough to have the best ideas; 3) appreciate early difficulties of trying the best ideas; 4) redefine resistance as a potential positive force; 5) reculturing is the name of the game and 6) never...   [tags: leadership, Leading in a Culture of Change, Fullan]
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Creating Suckers for Consumption: MTV and Pop Culture - It would be hard for one to dispute the fact that MTV has influenced every pop culture trend since its birth in 1981. One could even say that MTV is pop culture. No other media network holds in the palm of its hand the power to control popular cultural evolution the way MTV does. What other media network has influenced and helped shape public opinion, filmmaking, newsgathering techniques, presidential politics, and world politics like MTV has. In addition to that, MTV can take credit for reconstructing the music industry (Rushkoff 126)....   [tags: Consumption, MTV, Pop Culture, USA, ] 1394 words
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How Does Catholicism Affect the Buddhist-Vietnamese Culture? - Section A: Through the French and Chinese, the Vietnamese culture has been influenced by two major religions, Catholicism and Buddhism. According to Joseph Buttinger in Vietnam: A Political History, Vietnam was first ruled by the Chinese in the year 111 B.C in which they ruled Vietnam for a thousand years (25). After the Chinese, the Portuguese, English and the Dutch also came to Vietnam but the French started its great influence on Vietnam in 1615 with the Catholic missionaries (SarDesai 31). This study analyzed the effects of Catholicism on the Buddhist-Vietnamese culture by investigating the origins and conflicts between the two religions....   [tags: Chinese, Vietnamese, Culture, Major Religions]
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Morocco’s Geography, History, Economy, and Culture - Do you remember hearing about stories of flying carpets. These stories are traced back to the Arab culture, and most Moroccans now share this culture. Like Morocco’s famous rugs woven with different colors, old and new customs intertwine to make one culture. In this paper, you will explore Morocco’s geography, history, economy, and culture. Morocco is located in northern Africa and borders the Mediterranean to the north, the Atlantic to the west, Algeria to the east, and Mauritania is to the south....   [tags: stories, flying carpets, arab culture]
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Russia's Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette Analysis - Russia is notoriously known for their very stern and powerful behavior. Russians behave in a manor complete opposite of easterners for example. Russians rely on a very firm, almost bone crushing of a handshake while maintaining direct eye contact at all times. This customary type of handshake can almost make or break the trust between a Russian and a new found expatriate. The only difference with this handshake is when done so with women, the handshake is then less firm due to the different type of masculinity in women....   [tags: russians, russian culture, business meetings]
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Impatience and The Death of American Culture - Earth, with all of her wondrous splendor and magnificent awe, is a land of patience. It took more than 4.5 billion years for the world to evolve into its current state. Yet, it took only several hundred years for humans to deface and destroy much of that beauty. A logical question would be how can human beings, a product of nature, be so destructive to their own mother. A close examination, however, reveals the root behind the heinously destructive behavior that has so pitifully defined human history....   [tags: Dying American Culture 2014]
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The Culture of Sports - Every facet of American culture can be analyzed to describe something about American people as a whole. Whether using fast food to show our society’s obsession with instant gratification, or Facebook and text messaging to portray our need for constant contact, it is clear that our culture reflects directly on our society as a whole and can be examined via every aspect of the American culture. No facet of American culture however, is as highly regarded by the American people more than sports. According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 67% of the entire American population is a fan of at least one sport, where a “fan” (short for fanatic), is defined as “a person with an extreme and uncri...   [tags: Cultures, Cultural Identity Essays ]
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The Uncertain Future of Quebec Culture - The Uncertain Future of Quebec Culture Gaetan Tremblay, a professor of communications at the University of Quebec at Montreal and deputy manager of the Group of research on cultural industries and social computerization (GRICIS), is a leading researcher for public policies in the field of communications. Tremblay is an advocate of public policy that defends against cultural imperialism by countries such as the United States . In particular, Tremblay studies the effects of the media on culture in Canada especially in a province like Quebec which is distinct from the rest of English Canada....   [tags: Canadian Culture Essays]
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The Challenge of Maintaining Quebecois Culture - The Challenge of Maintaining Quebecois Culture At first glance through Tremblay's article, "Is Quebec Culture Doomed to Become American?" he proposes that the vulnerable and threatened Quebec province is in danger of a cultural invasion by our Big Brother the United States. He fails to directly answer the question "Is Quebec Culture Doomed to Become American?" According to the statistics presented Quebec is hardly in such a bad state. The data outlined in the article assessed the degree of American influence over Canadian and Quebecois cultural industry and the demand of Quebecois programming by the Francophone people, thus allowing the readers to make their own assumptions about the appa...   [tags: Canadian Culture Essays]
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The Effect of Dylan and Elvis on Culture - The Effect of Dylan and Elvis on Culture The 1950’s and 1960’s were a time of great change in the United States of America. Some people were trying to hold on to traditional values while others wanted dramatic changes. Many people from the older generations felt that their was too much change going on and that the younger generations were disrespectful. The Cold War was going on during this time as well, and many people felt very differently about the situation. The older generation felt like Americans needed to be willing to support the defense of the nation while younger people rebelled against those traditional ideas and values....   [tags: Cause Effect Music Culture] 883 words
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Culture of Fear - Culture of Fear Culture of Fear, by Frank Furedi, is a book that looks at how widespread fear impacts Western cultures like the United States and Great Britain. Frank Furedi believed that society tends to panic too much, as we actually enjoy "an unprecedented level of safety." I admit that Frank Furedi's novel is based upon a novel concept, and an interesting one at that. However, Frank Furedi comes off to me as little more than a fear monger and an intellectual elitist. His book, to me, seems redundant more often than not....   [tags: Frank Furedi Western Culture Essays]
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The History and Culture of Puerto Ricans - The History and Culture of Puerto Ricans ETHNICITY AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE MIGRATION EXPERIENCE The Puerto Rican people have a rich history of culture and ethnicity. Despite the many migrations of the Puerto Ricans, an intense spirit of ethnicity and cultural pride has followed these people wherever they have gone, whether that be migrations from rural areas to industrialized cities or from the small island of Puerto Rico to the vast mainland of the United States. However, the struggles of these people have become obscured over the passing of generations....   [tags: Culture cultural Hispanic Essays]
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The Soldiers Of The First Culture Revolution - "The Soldiers of the First Culture Revolution" The end of World War two brought upon conformity and a conservative mindset. The majority of young people's priorities were to marry, move to suburbs, and be financially successful. However, there was a young group of men who were strongly against the "American dream" that the rest of society was working for. These men were Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassidy. They were a group of "struggling writers, students, hustlers, and drug addicts" (Wikipedia.com) better known as the "beats", and the founding fathers of the beat generation....   [tags: Culture Counter Beat Generation] 1002 words
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The Maasai Culture And Ecological Adaptations - Introduction The Rift Valley in East Africa has been the home of pastoralists for over three thousand years. A number of different tribes migrated to Kenya, grouped by language they include the Cushites derived from Southern Ethiopia, the Nilotes, which include the Maasai, from Southern Sudan, and the Bantu. The Maa speaking people are the group from which the Maasai originated; their expansion southward into the Great Rift Valley began about 400 years ago. The second stage of Maasai expansion involved the emergence of a central Maasai alliance as well as the expansion and differentiation out of the Central Rift Valley....   [tags: Maasai Culture cultural Essays]
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The Mass Culture Critique And Perezhilton.Com - The past two years has seen the media landscape undergo significant developments. New technology, such as the Internet, has fuelled the emergence of new media forms and schisms within the media industry. Mario Armando Lavandeira’s Hollywood celebrity gossip website, PerezHilton.com, exploits a new brand of journalism – blogging. There are innumerable media theories which could be used to analyse such a specific example of the media. This essay will explore Mass Culture Critique and its critical relation to PerezHilton.com by investigating mass communication concepts such as hegemony, aesthetic levels, economic motivation, and passive consumers....   [tags: Mass Culture Media Popular] 1835 words
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India And Its Business Culture - India and its Business Culture In today’s world, globalisation plays a more and more important role. The idea of the “global village” is becoming reality and business is done not only regional but over the whole world. A European enterprise for example nowadays usually does not only have business partnerships in Europe but also in America or Asia, depending on the branch of their business. In this world of doing business with any kinds of nations and cultures knowledge about the culture and business habits is a “must-have”....   [tags: Business Culture India International] 1710 words
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The Lost Inca Indian Culture - The Lost Inca Indian Culture Most historians recognize the fact that the empire of the Incas in Peru was one of the great civilizations that was lost due to the expansion of the Europeans into the New World. The Incas were once an empire boasting with riches and controlling a large portion of the west coast of South America. Until the arrival of the Spanish, the Incas did their own thing within their culture, with few outside sources affecting them. This paper focuses mainly on the role that the Spanish played in changing and eventually eliminating the culture that was the Incas....   [tags: Pre-Columbian History Culture]
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Negotiations in the Mexican Culture - Negotiations in the Mexican Culture Doing business in Mexico really is different. To some degree this relates to different laws and regulations or different responses to the business climate, but to a substantial degree, the culture of Mexico impacts tremendously on how you conduct business relationships and, more importantly, whether you succeed. Fundamentally, successful negotiations in Mexico require you to bear several critical topics in mind. In general, these are as follows: · A more personalized relationship between business partners or those seeking to create business relationships · A more hierarchical business and government structure · A more formalistic approach to transactions...   [tags: International Business Culture] 1038 words
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TV Pop Culture: Cognitive Malignancy or Brainpower? - American pop culture has come a long way in the last few decades: from the rock 'n’ roll boom of the fifties, to the hippie aesthetic of the seventies, to the electronic age of the nineties. Pop culture clearly fluctuates at a rapid pace and even though fads have come and gone, one thing has remained viable even in more contemporary times: the TV set. On top of that, never has the world seen a greater peak in technology than it has in recent years, and the television is no exception. Unfortunately, as fascinating as these advancements may sound, it is generally presumed that the television—as with much modern pop culture tech—has had and continues to have detrimental effects on Western cu...   [tags: American Pop Culture, Music Industry, Television]
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Evil Eye and Curanderismo in the Mexican-American Culture - Curanderismo or traditional folk healing in Mexican culture is a very ancient belief system. Curanderismo comes from the word curar which literally means to heal. The founding fathers (predecessors) are considered Don Pedrito Jaramillo, Teresita, and Niño Fidencio. These people were not all from the same time period (era) the common belief shared was to rid the patient as he or she is called of an illness whose roots come from evil or evil doing done (performed) by someone else. This system of belief is not to be confused with brujeria or witchcraft as that is an entirely other belief system with its own credos....   [tags: Mexican-American culture, traditional folk healing]
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Difference Between the Maori People and the Kiwi's Culture of New Zealand - ... New Zealand’s military were the first people who were widely known as Kiwis. After a while, it became common usage in all war theatres for all of their servicemen. The name is now an international nickname for New Zealanders, and it came from the unique, flightless bird “Kiwi” which is the national symbol of the country. (Wikipedia.org) As earlier mentioned, The Maoris developed their own culture and society. The way they kept alive was by a combination of fishing, fruit, roots and shellfish, the cultivation of sweet potatoes and bird hunting (snl.no)....   [tags: culture, language, polynesian, ] 784 words
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Critically Discuss of the Importance of Material Culture to Either Tourists or Migrants - The number of international tourists has been steadily increasing globally to 1035 million in 2012 with arrivals growing by 4% in the same year (UNWTO, 2012). With this number set to increase and numerous countries' economy becoming ever more dependent on tourism, it is essential to examine a tourist's relationship with material culture whilst on their travels. With the purpose of critically discussing the importance of material culture to tourists, two key terms are needed; 'material culture', the relationship between people and objects (Thrift, 2000), and 'tourist', a traveller who visits places away from home for pleasure....   [tags: material, culture, tourist] 1775 words
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Use of Hofstede's Five Dimensional Model to Analyze Indian Culture - The purpose of this paper is to do a personal assessment of Indian culture. I will also be explaining Hofstede's five dimensional model, will use it to analyze the Indian culture and talk about the five dimensional model from my own observations. Hofstede has identified five different cultural dimensions. These dimensions include power-distance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity, uncertainty avoidance and lastly long term orientation. According to Hofstede, power distance is the first dimension which translates to how all individuals in a society aren't equal and there is a decent amount of inequality when it comes to the division of power....   [tags: Mumbai, Indian culture ]
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Seeing Egyptian Culture Through the Book of the Dead and The Creation Myth - Seeing Egyptian Culture Through the Book of the Dead and The Creation Myth Two works of literature representing the Egyptian Culture are the book of the dead and the creation myth. The book of the dead focuses upon magic spells which ensure the safe journey of the deceased to the other world and his acceptance and beatification there by Osiris its lord and ruler (Hodges 127). The Egyptian creation myth is concerned with the creation of Egyptian gods, how these gods intend create the universe and all living things....   [tags: Egypt, Culture, Analysis]
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Culture, Power & Politics in the Workplace - Culture, Power & Politics in the Workplace As far back as history can be told mankind has struggled between balancing culture, power and politics. Many wars have been fought and many people have placed their lives on the line in order to stand up for what they believe in. The combinations of culture, power and politics have spilled over into the workplace. In today’s business environment individuals have much more to worry about than just completing their assigned tasks. Organizational culture, power and office politics influence day to day operations as well as govern the atmosphere within the organization....   [tags: Business Culture Employee Work Place] 1484 words
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World War I’s Effect on Art and Culture during the Early 1900s - World War I, starting in Europe July 28, 1914.This war that lasted only 4 years, had major effects all over the world. Although the United states did not get involved with the war until 1917, the war had many effects on American culture during the early 1900s. This major influence mainly started with music, promoting American men to join the army and for women to help in war effort. Surprisingly World War 1 not just influenced economy, music, industrial aspects of America, but other American art forms and culture as well....   [tags: US History, Culture]
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Hinduism and Buddhism’s Influence of Indian Culture in Southeast Asia - The way Hinduism and Buddhism entered Southeast Asia was not the same, as well as when it entered and its influence of Indian culture that emerged into the area. Civilizations in Southeast Asia focused on an appreciation to nature, which resulted in a harmonious and equal relationship between man and nature. Southeast Asia had been depicted and known as the “golden island.” These Southeast Asian civilizations were characteristically composed from Hindu and Buddhist ways of life that influenced its people greatly....   [tags: culture, Lanica, Sirvijay, religions]
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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Exploring the Ibo Culture - Marginalization is the social process of being relegated to the fringe of society. One such example of marginalization is the marginalization of women. This paper is an attempt to explore the Ibo culture and to discuss women as a marginalized group in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Things Fall Apart is a 1958 English novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Achebe is indebted to Yeats for the title as it has been taken from Yeats’ poem The Second Coming. Achebe is a fastidious, skillful artist and garnered more critical attention than any other African writer....   [tags: marginalization, women, culture, Africa]
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A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria by Daniel Jordan Smith - ... An important concept Smith regularly draws upon is Nigerian ambivalence toward certain forms of corruption and therefore the part they play in that system. This is centred round the ‘moral economy’ of corruption (Olivier de Sardan, 1999). This concept refers to the practice of corruption justified by its perpetrators for reasons relating to cultural values; in ways that are not stigmatised or even deemed corrupt (Olivier de Sardan, 1999). An interesting term he utilises is the ‘idiom of accountability’ that explains the rise of popular discontent suggested by the title (p....   [tags: nigerian culture, marriage, corruption]
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Dimensions Of Culture, Values - Abstract We live in a world of changing global requirements. We have the ability to converse with people thousands of miles away at the blink of an eye. Although this seems and is, to most, an awesome power to be relished, it can be for some a world of confusion and frustration seeded by their own perceptions and beliefs. These barriers to cultural diversity exist because of the ways in which different cultures facilitate perceptions and beliefs regarding others and themselves. Dimensions of Culture, Values and Communication Our text describes culture as " the structure through which communication is formulated and interpreted....   [tags: Culture Diversity Values] 966 words
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Globalization of Consumer Culture - What is the "global consumer culture". This term relates to the trends of the ‘developed’ countries and the growing consumption patterns that have been formed by transnational corporations (TNCs). A TNC can be defined by as a corporation that operates in different countries or areas of the globe to be able to maximise business processes. These corporations now operate as if the world had no borders, choosing areas of the globe that are most suited to their practices. This then relates to globalisation and the growing interdependence between different peoples, regions and countries - that has come about through the growth of these corporations....   [tags: Americanisation of Consumer Culture]
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Americanization and Canadian Culture - Americanization and Canadian Culture Gaëtan Tremblay is a professor at the University in Quebec in Montreal. As a concerned Quebecois, He wrote an article which discusses the Americanization of Canada, in particular Quebec. Tremblay seems to have a strong stand point about the future of Quebec. Using statistical and literary evidence, primary and secondary sources, he attempts to support his argument that Quebec is a victim of American cultural colonization. Tremblay fears that Canadian culture is going to disappear as a result of the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement....   [tags: Canadian Culture Essays]
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The Harlem Drag Culture - The Harlem Drag Culture Foucault, Moraga, Fuss, hooks, Butler. These authors, along with many more, have concerned themselves with the defining of categories. In reading these authors our class has, upon every occasion of meeting, discussed the formation of categories. What we have discovered, in part, is that things are not defined by what they are, but by what they are not. Diana Fuss, in her article "Inside/Out," states "any identity is founded relationally, constituted in reference to an exterior or outside that defines the subject's own interior boundaries and corporeal surfaces" (Fuss, "Inside/Out," 234)....   [tags: History Culture Cultural Essays]
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A Focused Exploration of Culture and Management - A Focused Exploration of Culture and Management Yan-Jiu-Yan-Jiu – Unprofessional or Unamerican. Mike is having a hard time dealing with a working style that his Chinese partners refer to as yan-jiu-yan-jiu, which means "lets review and discuss." The Chinese were reluctant to install a new sewage disposal system, preferring to defer the work until adequate discussion and review had taken place. This style and pace of decision making did not register well with Mike's high performance, time is money driven personality; he had been raised in a culture where optimal efficiency depended on timely decision making....   [tags: China Business Chinese Culture Adaptation] 1714 words
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Southwest Airlines Corp. Culture - The topic chosen was Southwest Airlines because of its prevalent and lengthy history of successful entrepreneurship and presence in the airline industry. It has been successful in its ability to attain success in many facets of the economy. From implementing an innovative marketing structure to effectively managing its workforce, Southwest has been the pioneer in many forms of creativity and innovation in the industry. In addition, it is an excellent topic for the theme of the assignment: Assessing Corporate Culture....   [tags: Business Culture Analysis] 1762 words
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Brazil And Caribbean Culture - Within Brazil and the Caribbean lies a racial mixture of cultures. Since the 1930's the people have, overall, enthusiastically adopted the notion that racial and cultural mixture defines this regions national identity (Samba 1). This region consists of a very historic background which has shaped the beliefs and customs of celebration, music and dance. Sugar cane was brought to the "new world" by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493 (Umbilical 99). The introduction of this new crop would bring about dramatic change the Caribbean....   [tags: Culture Brazil Caribbean] 1701 words
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Taoism in Chinese Culture - Taoism in Chinese Culture Taoism, known as “The Way,” can be categorized as both a Chinese philosophy and a religion. Taoists believe in accepting and yielding to the ways of life, complementing nature and being by internalizing their goals rather than worshipping a god externally. Taoism, in its metaphysical and philosophical nature, is much like Confucianism, but the ideal interests of the two religions are contrasting. Confucianism was formulated during a time of war and relies heavily upon a moral and political system that fashioned society and the Chinese empire, while Taoism correlates to a time of peace and honors spiritual and metaphysical preoccupation (Taoism 2)....   [tags: Taoism Chinese Culture Tao]
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The Muslim Culture - Muslim, ever wonder what this word really means. Who is classified as Muslim. Someone that is Muslim is not a terrorist, nor a bad person. They are humans. Someone that is a Muslim only has an Islamic belief. This word originated in Arabia where this whole culture developed (BBC “Islam”). Islam followers, or Muslims, were introduced to their culture from the Prophet Muhammad (BBC “Islam”). The word Islam comes up very often, but who knows what it means. It is said to be the “submission to the will of God (BBC “Islam”).” Majority of the U.S....   [tags: Cultures, Cultural Identity Essays]
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Law and Popular Culture: Bad Lawyers in the Movies by Michael Asimow - Legal dramas have long been popular subjects for popular culture media. In the early days, television and film lawyers were typically portrayed as upstanding citizens but the recent trend has been to show lawyers in a less flattering light. UCLA Professor of Law Michael Asimow believes this is problematic. In Law and Popular Culture: Bad Lawyers in the Movies, Asimow discusses that while the depiction of lawyers in film is a reflection of popular opinion, it is also a force for the formation of new opinions, with perhaps unintended consequences....   [tags: popular culture, media, legal issues]
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The Mosaic of American Culture, It's No Melting Pot - The Mosaic of American Culture, It's No Melting Pot Culture is a behavior that consists of several critical elements, such as language, religion, race and ethnicity, clothing and politics. Culture is what one does in his/her daily life. In order to understand others, we must first keep in mind that every culture carries its own set of values and assumptions. Culture is an evolving, ever changing civilization, which includes several different groups people. For immigrants, America is a land of opportunity; for others it is just the best country in the world because of its economic success and/or its democratic political system....   [tags: Sociology Culture USA Essays] 603 words
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Is Canadian Culture Doomed to Become American? - Is Canadian Culture Doomed to Become American. As Alvin Toffler once said, “The wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets”1. Such holds true for the American culture, which is not only a dominating factor in its own internal market and known domestically but also a dictating force in countries around the world on the global scale, and the first on their list – Canada. This issue of cultural imperialism is touched upon by Gaëtan Tremblay in his article, “Is Quebec Culture Doomed to Become American?” Although Tremblay talks about the American culture’s influence on Canada as a whole, his main concern in this article is Quebec, which is in a separate league than the rest of Canada due...   [tags: Canadian Culture Essays]
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Review Of Culture Jam By Kalle Lasn - The advertising culture is having a devastating effect on our agendas of becoming the media's ideal of perfection, and behind all of this self-sacrifice the media and corporations are the ones succeeding, not us. In Culture Jam, by Kale Lasn, the founder of Adbusters magazine, he attempts to show the reader what our mass media has been doing subliminally. When the average American thinks of consumerism, we believe it is the promotion of the consumer's interests. What Lasn believes is that we're being told what our interests are and to buy into those false interests....   [tags: Culture Kalle Lasn] 1886 words
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Baseball and American Popular Culture - Baseball is an integral part of American pop culture. Many Americans grow up with baseball, playing it before they can even count all the bases. It is glorified, taught, and fed to us. When we play baseball, we find a respect for the game. The respect we gain from playing it has turned the game into a tradition of American culture. It has formed itself into the business of professional baseball, namely major league baseball. Professional players have become recognized all over the world. They are sought out and admired by fans....   [tags: Baseball Sports Athletics American Culture Essays] 1519 words
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The Difference of Mirco and Marco Culture in Enrique's Journey - Enrique’s Journey is a book that I would never read for fun. It is completely different from most of the books I have read, and intrigued me because the story was about a boy. Most of the books I have read in school are about a girl who goes through many hardships, and difficulties but I felt I could relate more to this one because it is about a boy who struggles. While I may not have been left thousands of miles away by mother so she could send money back, it was great to see what life was like on the other side....   [tags: decision, adapted, culture]
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Marriage Differences Between to Cultures - When you look around the world and see all the hate, destruction and annihilation of people and their countries you have to wonder is it because of how they form their families. Let us look at two articles one written by Steve Sailor , The Cousin Marriage Conundrum and the other written by Serena Nanda ,Arranging a Marriage in India. We will look at the practices and protocols of two different countries and cultures through two essays, one that has prearranged marriages India and one that encourages inbreeding by way of marrying first or second cousins....   [tags: Culture]
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West African Culture - Brief History From the 1500s to the 1700s, African blacks, mainly from the area of West Africa (today's Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Dahomey, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon) were shipped as slaves to North America, Brazil, and the West Indies. For them, local and tribal differences, and even varying cultural backgrounds, soon melded into one common concern for the suffering they all endured. Music, songs, and dances as well as remembered traditional food, helped not only to uplift them but also quite unintentionally added immeasurably to the culture around them....   [tags: Culture West Africa] 1341 words
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How the ‘Culture Industry’ had Profound Social Impacts in Society - Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer were two renowned Jewish representatives of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory; they were particularly dominant during the early 20th century, approximately around the time of the 1920’s to 1960s. They took refuge in America after Adolf Hitler’s rise in Germany. These to philosophers developed the ‘Culture Industry Theory’ in the 1940s, in light of the disturbed society they had seen during this time. They witnessed how Nazi Fascism used mass media such as films, radio and newspapers to brainwash millions into partaking in this ideology....   [tags: culture industry, theodore adorno, mark horkheimer]
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An Overview of Indigenous Culture in the Amazonian Floodplains - The Amazon Basin has long been occupied by indigenous populations. Those populations that live closest to the basin, in the lo west elevations, are subject to the extreme seasonal changes. Social order, therefore, is shaped largely by the fluctuations of the seasons and of the river. There are two seasons, one wet and one dry. Issues concerning shelter, transportation, food, and social interaction are largely determined by the seasons. Creative expression – mythology, religion, celebration, and visual art – are rooted in nature....   [tags: Amazon Culture Cultural Essays Papers]
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The Culture of Weaving Across the World - Weaving Across the World Weaving is a common thread among cultures around the world. Weaving is a way of producing cloth or textile. Today we have machines that weave large-scale textiles at cheap prices. Production of cloth by hand is rarely engaged in today’s Westernized societies. Not many people are thinking about how the fibers are actually constructed to make their clothes. However, in other cultures across the world the tradition of weaving still exists. By comparing three cultures that continue weaving as a part of their tradition we can see similarities and the differences between them....   [tags: cloth, textile, cultures]
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Hip Hop's Effect on American Culture - Hip hop has permeated popular culture in an unprecedented fashion. Because of its crossover appeal, it is a great unifier of diverse populations. Although created by black youth on the streets, hip hop's influence has become well received by a number of different races in this country. A large number of the rap and hip hop audience is non-black. It has gone from the fringes, to the suburbs, and into the corporate boardrooms. Because it has become the fastest growing music genre in the U.S., companies and corporate giants have used its appeal to capitalize on it....   [tags: Rap Music and Pop Culture Essays]
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Yanks and Brits: Transatlantic Youth Cultures - In the years following the Second World War, youth around the globe started to undergo a drastic change, resulting in stylised fashions and subcultures that differed from their parent cultures dramatically. Great Britain and the United States had been the primary manufacturers during the war and that prosperity continued in the following decades, creating general economic prosperity. National optimism for the oncoming decade culminated in British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan making the optimistic claim to his fellow Conservatives that Britons “never had it so good” (BBC)....   [tags: Culture]
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Canadian Culture - Canadian Culture Canada is one of two countries located in North America and is the second largest country in the world. It is situated just north of the United States and constitutes the northern part of the country, excluding Alaska. Over the years Canada's culture has been influenced by European culture and traditions, mainly that of the French and British. Canadian culture has also been influenced by the countries' first people, the Aboriginals, as well as the newer immigrated population (Wikipedia, 2007)....   [tags: Culture Anthropology Canada Canadian] 1472 words
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Jamaican Culture - Jamaican culture is more than just Rastafarianism and Reggae music. The Jamaican culture encompasses every aspect of life from beliefs, superstitions, and practices to art, education, and tourism. However, the most important aspect of the culture is the African roots that still exist today. Religion and music became essential parts of the slave culture for communication purposes and barrier breakers. Culture is 'the property of the individual and it's a property of societies' (Alleyne 9). Jamaica has a very diverse culture with original natives coming into contact with the Spanish and English....   [tags: Jamaica Culture Rastafarianism Essays] 1275 words
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Amish Culture - All students should take notice and interest in cultural diversity. There are numerous different cultures in America. One in particular is the Amish culture, which I would like to familiarize you with. The Amish culture consists of many unique beliefs that makes their ways unlike that of any other culture. They lead a life of simplicity and yet have very harsh ways of doing things. The Amish is perhaps the most diverse culture in the entire United States. The Amish of Pennsylvania and Ohio greatly differ with the rest of American society....   [tags: Amish Culture Cultural Essays]
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Modernism and The Uzbek Culture - In the modern world, being a culturally defined Uzbek is quite hard for me. I often ask myself what it means to me to be part of an Uzbek culture. To my dismay, I don’t quite feel like I’m an Uzbek person anymore. Having been away for too long, my Uzbek language has deteriorated, and my cultural values have undergone both a plastic and internal surgery. It is quite shocking to realize how acutely and noticeably I have lost touch with my Uzbek-ness, while my flight to modernism and the subsequent inadvertent cultural detachment have prevailed more and more sharply in contrast....   [tags: beliefs, tradition, anciet cultures] 669 words
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