Re: USA ETHNOCENTRISM IN ANTHRO-L
Nils Zurawski (zurawsk@UNI-MUENSTER.DE)
Mon, 27 Feb 1995 08:55:55 +0100
Greggory Senechal wrote:
> I don't know about Americans (I'm perfectly happy using that
>term for people from the USA) having "bigger mouths". But I would say
>that it is a cultural norm in the US for people to talk for the sake
>of talking (this is coming out all wrong).
> I would further submit that it is norm in Canada for people
>to wait until they have something meaningful to say before saying it.
>The same would apply to action. Canadians tend to wait until they
>feel quite strongly about a particular issue before they take action
>to correct it. No value judgements made here... Just observations.
> Of course there are exceptions to every rule...
I share your impression on many writings on this list. Flame wars for
instance are something I can't understand, or rather the intensity with
which they are carried out.
On the other hand I think a lot has to do with the way anthropology is
seen in The USA and then in Europe as Thomas Fillitz wrote. The whole
socio-biologic issues are missing in what we call "ethnology".
Nevertheless I enjoy reading most of the postings on the list (like some
kind of fieldwork). So far I didn't contribute much to the list, but some
questions on subjects I am working on, but I hopefully i will soon post
some of the results or thoughts on these very matters.
Keep posting and be terra-centric