Essay on Culture Examinations

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Clifford Geertz states that human thought is social. “Identity is historically constructed, socially maintained, and individually applied. The following examinations of culture seem to vary greatly in terms of the observations. By using this model of finding the origins of all cultures in their respective histories and traditions, we find that they are more closely related than what appears on their surfaces. Therefore, the various examiners’ common method is the focus of this paper.
Samuel Klausner’s “A Professor’s-Eye View of the Egyptian Academy,” details Klausner’s observations of Egyptian society. Klausner, a Jewish American professor working in Egypt notes that he feels like a “curiosity,” because he is an American. He is
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These deep personal relationships also have their place in both current culture and the Egyptian history. There is a long history of kinship in Egypt. The Egyptian has always placed an emphasis on face to face communication therefore Klausner notes the low quantity of telephones on campus. They work to establish loyalty first because a productive relationship can begin. This kinship system, which finds its origins in unity formed during the crusades, according to Klausner, extends into the university system. These informal laisse faire educational practices contribute to the aforementioned problems in the system. Octavio Paz’s “The Pachuco and Other Extremes,” is the scholar’s view of a particular and peculiar segment of his own Mexican nationality. Paz, himself not self-identified with the pachuco, calls this young Mexican America youth as a tragic figure with no beginnings or no end other than to take drastic steps into desperate integration into a society that rejects him. He is the inevitable extreme of the Mexican that cannot properly integrate himself into the hyper-confident North American society because he has no confidence in his own identity. This lack of identity is not exclusive to the pachuco. History engrains the lack of identity into the Mexican consciousness. Conquest has constantly defined and redefined Mexico and her people. There is constant confusion as to whether a new power is a suppressor or a liberator.

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