Thanksgiving - Alexis Joyce The Sociology of Thanksgiving...

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Alexis Joyce The Sociology of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is a national holiday observed in the United States. The idea for this holiday stemmed from the feast of crops the pilgrims and the Indians both shared in 1620. In this feast, two different ethnic groups, people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture, were able to put their differences aside and demonstrate areas of pluralism and assimilation. They demonstrated pluralism in the aspect that both cultures, with the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, were able to tolerate each other. Assimilation was also present in the aspect that in order to survive in this new environment, the colonists accepted some of the Algonkian tribe’s ways of living by growing corn for food and building wigwams for shelter. The Algonkian tribes also demonstrated assimilation since some of their members, Squanto for example, learned English to help break the language barrier. Language is an abstract system of word meanings and symbols for all aspects of culture; it also includes gestures and other nonverbal communication. Prior to this, the two ethnic groups had to send messages through the use of posture, facial expressions, and gestures, otherwise known as non- verbal communication. The significance of this feast is the symbol, which are gestures, objects, and language that form the basis of human communication, of the acceptance of the differences and the tolerance of each other for the union of the food for which they were thankful. Although today, Thanksgiving is physically different, since most families do not celebrate with the Indigenous people, the concept remains the same for the most part. Thanksgiving truly is the acceptance and tolerance of others, extended family in my case.
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This note was uploaded on 06/03/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 210 taught by Professor Moore during the Spring '08 term at Shepherd.

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Thanksgiving - Alexis Joyce The Sociology of Thanksgiving...

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