Contact Zones

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Jon McCard Professor Andy May, 5, 2007 Contact Zones Contact Zones After reading the article First Contact: Composition Students’ Close Encounters with College Culture by Paul Jude Beauvais I got a better understanding of what a “contact zone” really was . A “contact zone” is “social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power” (Mary Louise Pratt) . This sounds similar to the conflict in Northern Uganda with the clash of contact zones there . Recently in class we watched a documentary called Invisible Children , which was about a boy named Innocence . The movie showed his daily lifestyles which seemed like he did normal kid stuff . But at night he would have to hike about 5 miles to a shelter where children stay with protection from the rebels . The reason they do this is because rebels kidnap the children at night in the village that they live in and make them become part of their community . They are forced to fight against government soldiers, and their own communities . These children are taken and beaten and mutilated to fight in this 20 year long civil-war . “Around northern Uganda, little children who don’t find a safe place at night are in danger . And so are adults. People who are found by the rebels can
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Jon McCard Professor Andy May, 5, 2007 Contact Zones be burnt to death, or beyond recognition . Body parts are cut off — noses, lips, ears, fingers ” ( http://www .msnbc.msn.com/id/9006024/). This is the way the children were brought up in Northern Uganda by being Night Commuters
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Piscutelle during the Spring '08 term at S. Connecticut.

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