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The Changes in the Yup'ik People Brought by American Consumerism
The concept of the ‘American Dream’ has drawn people from all across the world to the United States, expecting that the democratic-capitalist society would make good on its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet the reality is often a troublesome search for identity among this labyrinthine social landsc...
A Sociological View of the Rising Impact of Globalization on the Shrimping Industry in Louisiana
Jill Ann Harrison’s Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization provides a fascinating sociological view of the growing impact of globalization on the shrimping industry in Louisiana. Harrison uses sociological theories and ethnography to explain, and narrative format to present, the lives and liv...
The Factors Affecting the Sustainability of Hill Tribes in Thailand
The hill tribes in northern Thailand live a very different life from an average city goer. They will have access to different materials and sometimes they don’t have access to running water or electricity, however most hill tribes in today’s times have access to running water and electricity. However, the hill tribe that I...
The Necessity for Change in Rituals in Barbara Myerhoff's Number Our Days: A Triumph of Continuity and Culture Among Jewish Old People in an Urban Ghetto and Susanna Trnka's State of Suffering: Political Violence and Community Survival in Fiji
Change occurs for many reasons. Whether it be a change for necessity or a change stemmed from oppression, societies must change in order to preserve their heritage and prosper. Elderly Jewish people at the Center in Barbara Myerhoff’s ethnography of aging Number Our Days: A Triumph of Continuity and Culture Among Jewish Old...
Immigration: America Has a Niche for Everyone
Immigration America has always been credited with being the land of opportunity, the great equalizer. Immigrants come from all over the world to have a fair chance to become successful and live the American dream. For some people this is true, but for many others (Chinese, Irish, Germans, etc.) American society has already...
A Summary of Bronislaw Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific
Bronislaw Malinowski’s Argonauts of the Western Pacific, published in 1922, is an ethnography of the people living in the Trobriand Islands of the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Western Pacific Ocean. His writing is one of the very first ethnographies ever done. An ethnography is the scientific description of the customs...
An Analysis of the Ethnography How Musical is Man by John Blacking
“How Musical is Man?” by John Blacking is an ethnography that compares tribal music traditions of the South African Venda peoples and the tonal system of European Western art music. The ethnography s from the point of view of the author and ethnomusicologist John Blacking, who was raised learning piano in America within the...
The Social Drama of My Life According to Victor Turner's Five Stage Process
Victor Turner describes a social drama as a four to five stage process. Stage one states that a problem arises that threatens the collective life. Stage two indicates that many people get engaged and the problem becomes a crisis. Stage three is when the problem is resolved and stage four involves a realignment of values. St...
A History of Changes in Games of Different Cultures
In the United States and well before, there has been a history of games that have been played throughout North America. The textbook Seeing Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology Through Film written by: Karl G. Heider, helps show the change in games through different cultures that involves stimulus diffusion; the ideas from o...
The Meaning of Music for Children According to Dr. Patricia Campbell
Ethnography Review Introduction Songs in their heads is a book that critically enhances and facilitates the musical interest and its meaning in children especially in their daily lives. Further, it bridges the gap between various fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, and folklore and music education. Consequently, Dr. Ca...