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AN INTERPRETIVE ESSAY OF DIRK VAN DER ELSTS CULTURE AS GIVEN CULTURE AS CHOICE In this text anthropologists Dirk Van Der Elst and Paul Bohanan discuss the concept of multiculturalism The text states that an entirely different view of culture is needed in the intellectual discourse of society Elst analyzes culture using the example of analyzing sex Elst makes it clear in his analysis that pluralities of identity are the norm that everyone is multi-ethnic and multi-racial in some fashion Even when discussing the contemporary mainstream political debate over what constitutes multiculturalism it is common cultural phrasing to view culture as a stagnant unit Multiculturalism is defined in this text as the manner in which more cultures are incorporated into the framework of the dominant discourse rather than being a way of deconstructing notions of how culture itself is perceived and misperceived Elst suggests that nothing really exists as culture instead culture itself is a constructed socially produced norm After reading this book I got the feeling that the authors purpose was mainly to advise each individual to study and redefine his own culture So with that said I dug down deep and asked myself what does culture mean to me And how does culture influence my person political and social life The book says that culture means everything that human beings have created and transmitted socially across time and space 32 He also states on page 33 that people are said to carry culture to bear it from one person or generation to another My parents passed their culture on to me and I will do the same for my children I was raised a Roman Catholic and in my family our heritage plays a huge part My Irish culture gives me a sense of pride My parents started me in step dancing when I was five and I loved it Saint Pattys Day is bigger than Christmas in my family We like to
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