And we assert that these cups are ours by writing our name on them, which further making them a handy tool for socialization. The author uses satire to examine the rituals that are every day in American culture. Horace Bushnell: Going Against the Grain Life must have been difficult for an intelligent and renowned preacher like Horace Bushnell to be standing his ground preaching an unpopular doctrine contrary to his contemporaries. This reminds me that while indigenous groups may have practices that seem shocking to me e. According to, Professor Linton, who brought the ritual of the Nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago, claims the culture of these people are very poorly understood Miner, n. The newest symbols seem to have nearly approached the ultimate of the Nacirema's cultural ideal. It is from this that other societies are rated.
Download file to see previous pages This paper illustrates that from the point of view of sociology and Horace Miner, no culture is unique. While much of the people's time is devoted to economic pursuits, a large part of the fruits of these labors and a considerable portion of the day are spent in ritual activity. Each group owes its traditions to a particular reason and advantages. Each American family shares a bathroom to maintain personal hygiene. But they often interrupt her and become frustrated with her storytelling because they believe she doesn't know the true meaning of the story, which they think they do. If you have any questions, contact us any time via email, live chat or our phone number.
In addition, there are ritual feast to make thin individuals fat and the fat individuals thin. The American culture is described by Minor in a very unique and humorous way. Miner describes the shrine rooms in great detail - containing a chest with various potions and charms as well as a font where Nacirema perform rites of ablution. This is a very apt description of the American hospital and health care system that can be cruelly expensive, inefficient, and misleading. They distributor pours a portion and passes it to one person in the group. He begins by showing us where the Nacirema is located. Body Ritual among the Nacirema.
Then he returns the cup to the distributor and another serving of the exact same size is poured for the next person. Horace Miner illustrates the risky rituals that the American people practice, the emphasis of which is the obsession with the human body. ¶ 11 It is to be hoped that, when a thorough study of the Nacirema is made, there will be careful inquiry into the personality structure of these people. In college and in grad school, we wrote our names on cups because we paid for them at parties and it was in our interest to keep track of our cups. Miner's article became a popular work, reprinted in many introductory textbooks and used as an example in the literature text. Drinking from the cup confirms attendance at the event and authorizes participation in subsequent event activities—conversation, singing, dancing, joking and laughing, even confrontations are mediated by drink and cup possession.
The concept of cutting down seems to be Washington and Horace Miner spelled the city backwards to enhance interest to the story. The red plastic cup crosses many of these boundaries to figure prominently in American drinking customs. He mainly focuses his attention on how the individuals of Nacirema conduct themselves and more particularly their culture. On the other hand, after such a happy state of inebriation has been reached, the distributor may decide to slow the pace of drinking in order to control the level of intoxication and preserve the supply of toddy Donner 1994: 250. Toddy seems a generic name for drinks made from fermented palm. Among the Xhosa, beer is also consumed in accordance with a social code.
Miner's original research was conducted, the Nacirema have almost universally abandoned the natural bristles of their private mouth-rite in favor of oil-based polymerized synthetics. To view it in an objective and unbiased manner requires applying the interactionist, the conflict, and the functionalist theories. The point has, in fact, been expressed with respect to clan organization by Murdock 1949: 71. This is the exact location where America is located; between Mexico and Canada. Curiously enough, however, most informants insist that only five vowels exist in the language: these are called ˀey, ˀiy, ˀay, ˀow, and yuw, and are invariably cited in precisely that order.
However, it is evident that Nacirema community is not going to evolve any time soon. He or she also visits a dentist regularly, even though dental treatment may hurt and does not completely stop decay. It is more of the usual trend and concern in. While parodying the American body ritual from an ethnocentric perspective,. Lastly, the specific rituals of society are the very fabric that holds society together.
It can also be a signal that the cup-less should perhaps be cut-off, especially when it's clear that the de-cupped has passed beyond happy, joyful drinking to disruptive behavior. Anthropologist William Donner documented social rules surrounding toddy drinking in Sikaiana, a small Polynesian atoll in the Solomon Islands. Different scholars have outlined that rituals involve beliefs shared, roles, and ones loyalty to his or her society. The author also writes about P rofessor Linton's explanation of the profession of the 'listener' among the Nacirema people. Retrieved from Reference Page In the world of feminist research, there is a diversity of issues that can be studied, many of which are sensitive topics.