Process of Socialization

23 06 2006

A very interesting article, or should I say analysis, about the process of human socialization within a pre-defined culture. One of my favourite objects of study, epecially when it comes to confronting or crossing cultures. A first taste:

"For instance, the Semai click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced tribesmen of the central Malay Peninsula of Malaysia typically are gentle people who do not like violent, aggressive individuals. In fact, they avoid them whenever possible. In contrast, the Yanomamö click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced Indians of the border area between Venezuela and Brazil usually train their boys to be tough and even aggressive. The ideal Yanomamö man does not shrink from violence and strong emotions. In fact, he seeks them out. Likewise, Shiite Muslim men of Iran are expected at times to publicly express their religious faith through the emotionally powerful act of self-inflicted pain."

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