Another Culture (another + culture)

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Selected Abstracts

Lessons from Kipling and Rao: How to Re-Appropriate Another Culture

Ian Almond
This brief study will examine Anglo-Indian Rudyard Kipling and Indo-Anglian Raja Rao's, attempts to re-appropriate a foreign culture in terms of their own wills. The novelist Rao's conviction of India's position as the origin of all Western culture, alongside Kipling's own curious tale of a tribe of distant "Englishmen" rediscovered in Northwest Afghanistan, both offer examples of attempts to re-describe and ultimately re-locate radically different cultures within the authors' own more familiar vocabularies. How does this cultural re-appropriation take place, and what happens to the author's parent culture when something as radically ,other' as an Afghan tribe or a medieval French heresy is suddenly and unexpectedly re-incorporated into the ,family'? The often unsettling consequences of this operation are considered as they manifest themselves in both texts in similar ways, advancing the possibility that cultural-appropriation affects the appropriator as much as the appropriated. And so strong is the inclination that is rooted in Mankind to the Love of their Country, that some learned and witty Men , have used great Art and Industry to represent them with such advantage to the World, as though Paradise were but another Name for their native Country. Bishop Stillingfleet1 [source]

Promoting Openness toward Culture Learning: Ethnographic Interviews for Students of Spanish

Blair E. Bateman
Although learning to understand another culture is often mentioned as a benefit of foreign language learning, merely studying a foreign language does not automatically produce cross,cultural understanding. Many students study a language only to fulfill requirements and see culture learning as a nonessential element of the curriculum. This article explains how conducting ethnographic interviews can promote openness toward culture learning. Following a brief review of the culture learning process and of attitudinal theory, the article reports on a study that replicated Robinson,Stuart and Nocon's (1996) San Diego State study in a Midwestern setting. Thirty,five college students from 2 second,year Spanish classes were introduced to ethnographic interviewing skills and assigned to interview a native speaker of Spanish. As in the previous study, the results showed that the interviews positively affected students' attitudes toward the target language and its speakers as well as their desire to learn Spanish. [source]

Five-Finger Exercises: Mika Waltari's Detective Stories

Heta Pyrhönen
This essay addresses the question of what happens when authors import into their own culture a genre whose structures and conventions have been moulded in another culture. If the imported structures and conventions include a certain value system, does an author's adaptation cause them to express markedly different values than they do in their original context? I explore this question by analysing the detective stories by Mika Waltari, a reowned Finnish author, who used both the British whodunit and Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin stories as models. I first consider Waltari's use of specific generic conventions and consider the national values he makes them express. I then analyse Waltari's insertion of himself into the textual roles of detective and culprit in order to examine the link between writing detective stories and ideology. I show how Waltari creates a fundamental discrepancy between the whodunit world and the Finnish context in which he sets this world in order to emphasize the literariness of the imitated model. In his hands, writing detective stories becomes first and foremost a literary exercise that enables him to show his skilful, self-reflexive, and ironic play with literary forms and conventions. [source]

Ethical perception: are differences between ethnic groups situation dependent?

Jo Ann Ho
This study was conducted to determine how culture influences the ethical perception of managers. Most studies conducted so far have only stated similarities and differences in ethical perception between cultural or ethnic groups and little attention has been paid towards understanding how cultural values influence the ethnic groups' ethical perception. Moreover, most empirical research in this area has focused on moral judgement, moral decision making and action, with limited empirical work in the area of ethical perception. A total of 22 interviews were conducted and the questionnaire survey yielded 272 managerial responses. Three implications were obtained based on the findings of the study. The first implication is that differences in ethical perception can exist when one culture attributes moral significance to something that another culture does not. The results of the study also suggest that similarities in ethical perception can occur when a situation is viewed as an accepted and institutionalised part of doing business. Finally, the findings of the study also show that the influence of culture on ethical perception varied according to the different types of scenarios. [source]