The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down, Ethnocentrism

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In the book The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down, ethnocentrism can also be seen. Throughout the book the family and the doctors have different ideas of medicine/healing techniques are often disagreed on. It’s important for the doctor to see that biomedicine has its own intentions of saving patient through standard procedures and beliefs. Understanding those terms will shed some light on the culture of the patient, which has their own intentions, beliefs, and rules as well. Breaking down ethnocentrism to find an agreement is a good goal to accomplish in order have successful prognosis and healing. In addition, shedding the ethnocentrism will allow the doctors to see the different cultural beliefs and not judge right away. Although, some cultural remedies may not always work, it’s wrong for people to have the mindset of ethnocentrism without even considering their beliefs first. A transnational feminist analysis might contribute several ideas for the understanding of this issue of ethnocentrism. First, listening is a key component of having a transnational perspective. If we want to actually contribute help, then it’s crucial to listen to those who are being helped. It’s important to not have a colonialism approach, or any other approach that is not considering other cultures ways of life. Another important insight to have on a transnational perspective is to not have a “savior” mindset, not only does it create problems, but it isn’t helpful for the Third World countries if our mindset is clouded and we don’t take into account their culture and way of life. With the topic of “white savior”, I took this class because I’m going to participate in the Global Feminisms immersion trip in New Delhi, and my privilege of being white, i... ... middle of paper ... ... nationalism. This is a touchy subject that is more common in certain nations than others. The separation and subordination of blacks was formalized at a national level, and in their segregation, castration, and the lynching coincided with the growing nativism. I took this class because I’m going to participate in the Global Feminisms immersion trip in New Delhi, and my privilege of being white, is something I have pondered about and hope to be conscious while studying abroad. Throughout this class I have learned a lot more about transnational feminism and how to have a better framework on the discussion. I hope to be able to use these skills as I’m studying abroad in a few weeks. Overall this class has helped me develop important concepts and I hope to apply them even after I study abroad. After this course, I have decided to declare my minor as women’s studies.

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