This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Cultural Anthropology Essay

1523 words - 7 pages

American Economics and Death in Japan Jacob K. Donlan
ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology
Instructor James Turner
September 7, 2015

Introduction
This paper will show an overview of the American economic system today from an etic (outsider’s) point of view as well as examine how the Japanese culture treats death from an introspective view to show readers how areas where they may already have an opinion on can be seen from other perspectives. In Part I, readers will be shown from an etic perspective how Americans have, over time, developed an addiction to indebtedness and live in abundance on ...view middle of the document...

America is now one of the largest consumers and produces a very limited amount of its own consumption in what is quite possibly unsustainable.
In his 2015 article, ““Deficits Don’t Matter”: Abundance, Indebtedness and American Culture,” Rob Kroes describes a time in the early 1900s when Americans were very focused on the “American Identity” and through the events of the Industrial Revolution through World War II, America became an industrial behemoth and one of the world’s biggest producers (pg. 174-175). This means that Americans were not always so interested in consuming and amassing debt to pay for it and instead produced the goods used by other countries. American purpose and pride drove them to great wonders and many world firsts in technology.
After the 1970’s, however, America changed from a nation of producers to a nation of consumers. Population booms left many without a sense of purpose or belief in achievement. Tight-knit communities evolved into chain stores, desk jobs, and bank tellers in what Karl Polanyi called the “Great Transformation.” (Kroes, 2015, pg 176-177). The change from production to consumption ate at American’s identities, and the desire to have the latest goods changed normal families from only purchasing what they needed to using credit to purchase what they wanted. American’s decided that their own identities that could no longer be defined by production could instead only be defined by what they had. American’s have chosen to have more today by risking their tomorrow.
Today, incredible amounts of debt hang over every level of American society. Unable to produce all it wants to consume, America has borrowed funds from the world’s producers to buy the producers products. America considers China its largest rival and opposing force, yet is almost cripplingly in debt to them (Kroes, 2015, pg 178-179). Americans stack more and more debt on themselves and feel that as long as the interest payments are made, that they can run bigger and bigger deficits. They hit their debt ceiling, or the maximum amount of money they allow themselves to borrow, and raise it arbitrarily again and again. If they didn’t, their government would literally run out of money and many processes would shut down. Instead of responsibly just balancing their budget, they continue to run huge deficits and stack on more to the bills to be left for their children without any regard to the consequences it will bring them.
Part 2
This section of the paper will detail the perception of death in Japanese culture from an emic point of view. Death is a natural process and does not need to be hidden from public view. It is also important to honor and remember one’s ancestors by maintaining their gravesites and their stories. Also, if one is separated from family, they should take steps to make sure they are properly cared for in death or otherwise return themselves to nature.
In her 2011 journal entry, “Rites of Passage to Death and Afterlife in...

Other Papers Like Cultural Anthropology Essay

Cultural Anthropologist As A Career Essay

1138 words - 5 pages of requirements, depending on whatever associated profession they may be considering. A cultural anthropologist could suffer some difficulty when trying to find work in this field, since, according to Gary Ferarro, “no jobs in the nonacademic world are exclusively for cultural anthropologist” (An Essay on Careers). However, merely getting a bachelor’s degree in anthropology alone can provide with valuable skills that can be applicable to a

Anthropology Pure And Profane: The Politics Of Applied Research In Aboriginal Australia

1496 words - 6 pages difficulties which engaged anthropologists’ face in the legal realm will be highlighted. Finally, I will discuss the difficulty those engaged in native title cases face to whether their work is assisting or subjugating Aboriginal communities. These ambiguities, difficulties and complexities which arise from anthropologists’ participating in native title are deliberated in the following essay. Ambiguous Nature of Morality within Engaged Anthropology

Choose Any One Theory Perspective in Anthropology and Give Its Strength and Weakness Towards Understanding Humanity

1166 words - 5 pages humanity, they have been found wanting in some respects. This essay will discuss the evolution perspective and show its strength and weaknesses. Anthropology is defined by Wolf E (1994) as the study of humans which takes a broad approach to understand the many different aspects of human experience and to achieve this anthropologists consider the past , through archeology, to see how human groups

The Relationship Between Western And Indigenous Models Of Health And Healing

3021 words - 13 pages The field of pharmaceutical anthropology analyses the interaction of different models of health and healing through the global market in pharmaceuticals (which is dominated by Western medicines) and the ways in which different perceptions of the potency of medicines are constructed within different cultural contexts. Thus, two areas of focus come to the fore: the relation of individuals and groups to the wider economic system of production

Annotated Bibliography

781 words - 4 pages understand exactly what action was taking place. I am not using this book to quote any material because it is a form of cliff notes; however it was helpful in interpreting scenes and breaking down Elizabethan sentences. Boyd, Brian. “Literature and Evolution: A Bio-Cultural Approach.” The Johns Hopkins UP 29.1 (2005): 1- 23. JSTOR. Web. 4 December 2013. This article is about the “sophisticated concealment and deception” Shakespeare incorporated

Hmong People In The States

1179 words - 5 pages -Related Cultural Beliefs, Practices and Values, Hmong Women’s Health, Hmong Children’s Health, Hmong and Chronic Disease, Mental Illness and Domestic Violence, and End of Life-Care of Hmong patients. Also published in 2003, Saint Cloud State Anthropology professor Dia Cha’s Hmong American Concepts of Health, Healing and Conventional Medicine provides a comprehensive overview of traditional and changing Hmong concepts of health, medicine

Cyberspace

1034 words - 5 pages A Different Word: Subcultures in Cyberspace Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation A Different Word: Subcultures in Cyberspace The way people organize, govern and create meaning in their lives is associated with social patterns that link to other cultures. This describes the study of sociocultural anthropology. This brief essay will examine: Egao, cyberpunk, queer and ethnic cyber-subcultures and relate them to sociocultural anthropology

Last Rite for Indian Dad by Harjo

1289 words - 6 pages be qualified to speak on behalf of other scientists who would find the data from such studies beneficial. I feel that Harjo would have convinced me to her side were she able to successfully repudiate scientists in the fields of cultural anthropology or archaeology; these scientists would probably be outraged to discover said bones buried in the ground, forever. Thus, Harjo's main problem lies not so much in her ability to win us over as a reader

Puerto Rican Literature

1024 words - 5 pages 1990s. The essay argues that although much has been accomplished in terms of including women as protagonists in Puerto Rico's history, much remains to be done, particularly in terms of empirical research. Matos Rodríguez's historiographical essay also serves to contextualize the essays included in this anthology. Ortiz's essay, although more thematically focused, presents a chronological survey of the approaches used in various academic

Navajo Indians

1993 words - 8 pages Culture of the Navajo Indian Tribe, Past & Present Ashford University Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANT101 Robert Moon November 11, 2012 Table of Contents Table of Contents 2 Thesis statement 3 Introduction 3 Primary mode of subsistence 3 Kinship 4 Beliefs and values 4 Economic organization 5 The Navajo and World War II 6 The Navajo Indian in Modern Times 6 Closing Thoughts 7 Thesis statement The

Sexuality and Gender Roles in Popular Music

1633 words - 7 pages Critical Introduction. New York: Routledge. * Harrison, S. (2008). Masculinities and Music: Engaging Men and Boys in Making Music: Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from Google Scholar Database. COVER SHEET ANTHRO.106: Issues and History in Popular Music Student Information Student ID: 5246595 UPI: jsaf004 Surname: Safa'i-Papalii First Name: Joyce Assignment Information Department Anthropology Lab/Tutorial Day: Friday Time: 8-9 Lab/Tutorial Group: Tutor: Amy Mueller Assignment Name: Essay Due: 5:00p.m. - 17 May, 2013 WORD COUNT: 1,259

Related Essays

Cultural Anthropology Essay

1277 words - 6 pages QN:With the aid of case studies from Africa, explore different leadership strategies of settling disputes Settling disputes refers to one of several different processes used to resolve disputes between parties. This includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and litigation. Settling disputes is the process of resolving a dispute or a conflict by meeting at least some of each side’s needs and addressing their interests

Sociology And Cultural Anthropology: Compare And Contrast

1437 words - 6 pages Sociology and Cultural Anthropology: Compare and Contrast Western Governor’s University Issues in Behavioral Science (UG, GLT1-0310) Sociology and cultural anthropology are two of the major social sciences. Sociology is the study of the progress, arrangement, relationship and performance of a group of people. It studies the group in a specific given time frame (Calhoun, 2002). Cultural anthropology is the study of human beings through

Wedding Practices Ant 101 Introduction To Cultural Anthropology

1703 words - 7 pages   Have you ever wondered what other cultures did at their wedding ceremonies? Our traditional wedding ceremonies may be the “norm” to us but what is everyone else’s like? Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue may not be for everyone. In my research paper I will be finding three different cultural wedding styles and explaining them to you. I will compare the different wedding practices to ours. I will explain why it

La Quinceanera Written For Cultural Anthropology Class To Share A Cultural Ritual Experience

1294 words - 6 pages In Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and other Latin American countries a girl's entrance into womanhood and her eligibility for marriage is celebrated at her Quinceañera. "From a North of the Boarder viewpoint, it may be seen as a cross between a Sweet 16 and a debutante's coming out party." (Palfrey). The origins of the Quinceañera can be traced back to the time of the Aztecs. "It was traditional for the parents of a young Aztec maiden to