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How Culture Influences Hygiene Practices In Society

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Michele Hoffmann

on 17 January 2014

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Transcript of How Culture Influences Hygiene Practices In Society

How Culture Influences Hygiene Practices In Society
•Over the years peoples attitude towards hygiene has changed
•Different cultures have different hygiene practices all over the world

Past: Hygiene was bad for all cultures around the world

Present: Social economic factors impact hygiene practices in various cultures in the world

Future: Hygiene world wide will improve but the more isolated cultures will have worse hygiene
Hygiene in the Past
After studying many cultures hygiene practices in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s I learned that most cultures hygiene practice’s were similar. We would view these practices as “gross” and “dirty” compared to our hygiene practices today in our Canadian culture.
Past American Culture
•American hygiene practices were referred to as “filthy” and “beastly” by other cultures
•They mostly used soap for laundry but not self cleaning
•Common hygiene practices like brushing your teeth were not done often
•Plumbing and cleaning products were privileges
•Bathing was viewed as more curative in nature rather then hygienic

Past European Culture
•Used rivers and ponds to rinse bodies, in some cities they had public bath houses
•They had hygiene problems that very oftenly lead to illnesses
•Queen Elizabeth was said to only bath once a month back then

Hygiene Practices Today
-Modern and developed cultures are “obsessed” with bathing
-There are hundreds of thousands brands of soaps and cleaning products
-People don't want to be in the presences of people who are “dirty” or “smelly”

Thailand Culture
-Unlike the more developed countries, Thailand's hygiene practices would be considered “unclean”
-Its said to be an abundance of terrible smells
-After walking around for a day your skin is built up with grime and dirt
-Not many houses have running water
-Many people clean them selves in rivers, ponds, or bath houses
-Its not on common to see people picking their nose, or popping each others zits in public

Mexican culture
-Children don't have the opportunities to to things we take for granted like brushing our teeth or washing our hands before dinner
-Children are getting diseases from unsanitary practices at school and at home; things like their dishes not being washed for their food
African Hygiene Practices
-In most cultures they don't cook with clean utensils
-Cultures don't have access to clean drinking water and have to us dirty, unsafe water
-Hand washing isn't common
Future of Hygiene
-I think that developed countries will continue to be obsessed with hygiene, and the more developing countries will improve their hygiene practices as they become more developed
-I think that good hygiene will continue to be a sign of wealth between different cultures

In conclusion, hygiene practices in the past were worse then they are today in most cultures. In present times, hygiene is worse for the more developing and isolated cultures.
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