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Transcript of Cultural Baggage
- “ think for yourself “ “always ask why “
Those can be used in position papers related to conformity and cultural globalization in the sense that some scholars argue that globalization is localizing foreign traditions, blending cultures, and importing foreign thoughts and beliefs from one place to another. People, especially teenagers, become followers of any foreign thought or trend without asking about the reason or the logic behind it.
- “The race of “none” marches on”
Is globalization powerful enough to impose that idea of the "race of none” where people won’t belong to a certain ethnic group or religion as the world is becoming more open to new ideas and beliefs?
In Barbara Ehrenreich’ s article “Cultural Baggage”, the author starts wondering about the quick answer she gave to an acquaintance when she was asked about her religious heritage. First, she starts remembering her different origins which made it hard to decide where she really belongs. Second, she realized that the major reason behind not belong to an ethnic group was that her parents believed in trying new different things, which in turn gave Ehrenreich a multicultural identity and made her feel that she belong or believe in anything. Finally, the author explained that she thought that by marrying a man with the same origins as her ancestors, her children won’t have that feeling of loss that she had, and that they will belong to an ethnic group or a religion, yet the children didn’t have affiliation to any religion, for their ancestors themselves didn’t hold to religious traditions. She later concludes that heritage is not just about religious or ethnic traditions, and that there are other elements of the human tradition that can he inherited from generation to generation, and they are as important as religious traditions.
Born 1941 in Butte, Montana
A self described socialist and feminist with a PhD in Biology from Rockefeller University
She used her scientific training to investigate a broad range of social issues : health care ,the plight of the poor, the condition of women around the world
Bitter critiques are shown in her books about American health care such as - The American Health Empire - Complaints and Disorders - For Her Own Good
In 2001 she published the award winning book "Nickel and Dimed: on (NOT) getting by in America"
She also contributed to many magazines including Nation, Esquire, Radical America, and The New York Times
We personally think that the concepts such as “skepticism, curiosity and wide eyed ecumenical tolerance”, that the author thinks are more important than religious beliefs, can be found within any religion or ethnic group. At least she won’t be feeling lost as a child as she used to feel. In addition, the values that the author mentioned are not enough to build a human’s world with guidelines, do's and don'ts . She gave her own perspective of heritage because she wasn’t exposed to a real tradition with a family that believes in their religious indigenous traditions.
1- What is the name of the author?
2- What was the main idea/central theme of the article?
3- What year was the author's award winning book ""Nickel and Dimed: on (NOT) getting by in America" published?