Angela Piccini wrote:
>i must say that i am surprised that an anthropologist should, in this
>day and age, still use a term like 'basic human nature' and exhibit
>such little understanding of why people find the idea of 'american
>culture' problematic. it seems rather obvious that the idea
>of an american culture (or any official culture for that matter)
>will always comprise the culture those in power have constructed
>for themselves. those are the same people who generally seek
>to convince those not in power that they aren't quite up to scratch.
First, I'm sure that you can enlighten us with your obviuosly superiour
wisdom and knowledge, why people find the concept of "American (US)
Culture" so problematic. As a trained professional in the field of
cultural study, I'm sure that I don't have a clue what I'm talking about.
As far as "human nature" goes, I'm surpised when Politically Correct
ivory towerists think there is not such thing. Despite Culture, humans
are still biological animals, with common thought processes. I also
believe that millenia of human behaviour, that has never "significantly"
changed is on my side. I'm sure that you either revile or have never
heard of Desmond Morris.
As to your basic take on the development of culture (which falls under
the theoretical label of Marxist Conflict Theory), that's just fine. I
happen to follow it myself; however, it alone in no way explains cultural
development or the definition of culture on it's own. You can NEVER
explain human behaviour with only one social theory.
"Obvious", "Official Culture"? Ms Piccini, I never mind discussing theory
and such with people. However, when ever I "battle" with someone on
theoretical levels like this, I cetainly like the have my oppenent using
a loaded weapon. I don't argue geographical theory with you, becaue my
knowledge is limited in that field.
I also fully understand why people fine the idea of "American (US)
Culture" problematic. It's predominantly due to our obssesion of
individual freedom and rights, and it is also based on the way the human
mind catagorises it's environment. All I was ever saying was that there
is a solution, and a fairly simple one.
Think what you will of culture and the theories and ideologies of
anthropologists, but do not condescend me in my field with populist and
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