In this paper, my focus will be on Racial & Ethnic Characteristics, family structure and Culture. Some of the things that I will be talking about throughout my paper will be the different things from my generation and my parent’s generation as well. The reason why having a family is a major thing is because you can always enjoy time with them and share anything that you feel like is important with them. They will always be ready to hear anything their child has to say. It is not really hard to stay with them like someone that would leave their family over a small argument because they can always get over it regardless. Family is one and your only place where your life begins and love never ends. In order to create a family, you have to work for it to make it perfect, in order to be a good example of that whole society.
In conclusion, forming kinship includes many different things. There are different type of relative bonds and different types of marriages which all make up someone's kin. Two main, different cultures have been looked at, Tamils and Tibetans, and it is seen that both are severely different when it comes to kinship practices. This is mainly seen through the marital ties both cultures undergo. It was looked at how these ties and other kinship practices are influenced and affected by the individuals living in exile. In both cases it can be seen that it is a lot harder for the individuals within the society to continue the kinship practices the way they are used to, yet this does not stop them as shown that Tamils take up several jobs and Tibetans still try to maintain their traditional identities.
Family on the other hand is the everyday living environment within which spirituality and historicity are applied and lived out. ‘Family’ in the Armenian community refers to more than the family of origin or the nuclear family. Instead, it includes both of these along with all of the extended family and even the small surrounding community. These family ties are much more important and influential in the decision making process than would initially appear, therefore, they must be acknowledged and understood. All Armenians may not uphold the same spirituality, historicity, and family values, however, they would still approach life’s decisions based on these cultural categories.
Families have greatly evolved from the times a woman's only job was to have children so they can work on the farms. Once, women were considered a burden by their father giving a dowry to their husbands, letting the men to control the women, keeping them as a trophy wife or property. Today women are given equal treatment and can occupy any job and be the boss of many men. Families today are very have been dramatically altered over the years with the stereotypical mom and dad not being the only family dynamic. In today’s society, parents vary depending on their sexual orientation, the impact technology has played in families, and purpose a family has been altered.
Some limitations of this study include the small sample size (n=31). This study also focuses specifically on one culture, so the findings may not be able to be applied to other cultures. This study does however provide information about American Indian culture that may not have been available otherwise.
1.) Intro: I decided to focus my Religious Ethnography on a friend whom I recently have become close with. Adhita Sahai is my friend’s name, which she later told me her first name meant “scholar.” I choose to observe and interview Adhita, after she invited me to her home after hearing about my assignment. I was very humbled that she was open to this, because not only was it a great opportunity for this paper, but it also helped me get to know Adhita better. I took a rather general approach to the religious questions that I proposed to the Sahai family because I didn’t want to push to deep, I could tell Hinduism is extremely important to this family. Because this family does not attend a religious site where they worship, I instead listened to how they do this at home as a family instead.
The article about Indian culture is from IOR, an intercultural training organization. The article mentions Indian civilization's historic roots, and also speaks to the culture's dedication to tradition. Indians collectively define themselves through their roles within the family, follow hierarchical patterns, and take a polychronic approach to time. This extends into their communication styles, as people value
Each of the authors assigned to the class approached a specific element of India from a particular direction, with some authors touching on the same issues from very different angles. For example, Octavio Paz and Margaret Trawick touched on Indian culture, but from two different angles. Paz approached northern India as an ambassador to India focusing on the history and philosophy of India in shaping culture. Trawick, on the other hand, approached southern India as an anthropologist focusing on the construction of families and gender in India. The two images of India and culture presented by the to authors were rather different, however, looking at the two together allowed for a more comprehensive approach to India and the construction of Indian culture. The result between those two authors, as well as in looking at the rest of the authors, was a more complete image of what India is, as opposed to the dreams of a few from one narrow angle.
Ideas and views of families have changed drastically throughout time. Along with these changing views, so have the ideas of why they exist. These changes have been driven socially, politically and culturally that vary based on different ages, races, genders and societies that a person identifies with. To observe how some of these ideas and attitudes have changed over time, I conducted a survey that helped address ideas, feelings and meanings of family.
Throughout intensive review of literature, It has been realized that the family is considered as the essential social foundation due to its important functions of creation and socialization and because it is found, in some forms, in all societies. Family, as a term, is utilized in everyday language whose meaning is analogous with the culturally and historically specific social practices to which it denotes. The family is also considered a universal social life of particular culture and eras. Its activities have an impact upon the maintenance of the social structure of the society, of which it is a part, focus on biological and demographic structures (Vasundhra, 2008).
Every culture has several similarities and differences that impact the way they do things. Several of these cultures have distinct traits and traditions that make them differently from other cultures. I believe these differences make each culture different and unique. The two cultures that I have chosen to compare and contrast with each other is Kenya and India. In this paper I will discuss the similarities and differences in each of the culture’s families in context, marital relationships, and families and aging. These are important aspects of these cultures and to examine them will give me a better knowledge of both of these cultures.
One of the most important and essential things that everyone must have in order to live a great and joyful life is family. One must follow values to be successful in life, and one must also support their family to keep that success advancing toward the future. In David W. McCurdy’s article, “Family and Kinship in Village India,” it discusses the significance of how a successful family is formed by tradition, preparation, and patience. The article describes how kinship has the power to arrange marriages successfully, make families unite and assist each other, and teach and help one another agriculturally or economically.