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5_Ch3_North%20America0 - Environmental, Popualtion,...

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Unformatted text preview: Environmental, Popualtion, Culture, and Geopolitical Framwork generally consider a region of only two countries. North America plays a pivotal role in globalization. The region also contains one of the world's most highly urbanized and culturally diverse populations. 335 million people & extensive economic development, North America is one of the largest consumers of natural resources on the planet. c A cultural region, not natural or physical region s (the tectonic plate includes Mexico and Greenland ). c A Common history & development (global capitalism) s References the second European expansions (1600s) s Holland, France, Great Britain s Remember - first stage expansions by Portugal and Spain Prime Minister Harper President Obama Cultural Comparisons ( July 1, 1997 by Eva Kraus 1997) http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/3194-comparing-cultural-differences-mexico- with-canada-and-the-united-states Aspect Mexico Canada/USA Family Family - first priority. Children are celebrated and sheltered. Wife fulfills domestic role. Family - often second to work. Children often minimally parented Wife often fulfills dual roles. Religion Long Roman Catholic tradition. Fatalistic outlook. "As God wills." Mixed religions. "Master of own life" outlook. Education Memorization. - Emphasis on theoretical. Rigid, broad curriculum. Analytical approach -Emphasis on the practical. Narrow, in-depth specialization. Nationalism Very nationalistic. Proud of long history and traditions. Reluctant to settle outside Mexico. (U.S.)Very patriotic. Proud of "American way of life." Assumes all share materialistic values. Etiquette "Old world" formality. Etiquette / manners in the breeding. Formality often sacrificed for efficiency. "Let's get to the point" approach. Personal Appearance Dress & grooming are status symbols. Appearance is secondary to performance. Status Title and position more important than money in eyes of society. Money is main status measure and is reward for achievement. Ethics Truth is tempered for diplomacy. Truth is a relative concept. Direct Yes/No answers given and expected. Truth seen as absolute value. Cultural Comparisons ( July 1, 1997 by Eva Kraus 1997) http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/3194-comparing-cultural-differences-mexico- with-canada-and-the-united-states Aspect Mexico Canada/USA Family Family - first priority. Children are celebrated and sheltered. Wife fulfills domestic role. Family - often second to work. Children often minimally parented Wife often fulfills dual roles. Religion Long Roman Catholic tradition. Fatalistic outlook. " As God wills ." Mixed religions. " Master of own life " outlook. Education Memorization.- Emphasis on theoretical....
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