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anthro week 9 - -Would a system similar to the Kpelle moot...

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Eric Russo 10/30/10 Anthropology 106 Anthony Martin: Thursday 4-4:50 Week 9 Gibbs: This article was enjoyable to read because it reminded me that different cultures have different ways of handling things, and that Americas way of handling things can be corrupt and unfair. Kpelle moots make for a happier and closer community. They accept the fact that people make mistakes and that, if the person in wrong accepts his faults, is granted another chance and is not looked down upon by the community. Moots involve more people and allow all the attendees to participate in fixing the issue instead of having one main judge. Along with that, people are not jailed and are not hit with big fines, but instead arte asked to provide rum which is shared throughout the moot. In the American culture, if one makes a mistake their lives are significantly altered and people are immediately looked down upon, in the Kpelle moot problems are discussed and fixed, and ultimately create happy and free communities.
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Unformatted text preview: -Would a system similar to the Kpelle moot work in a culture as developed and widespread as America? Robbins: In a world based largely on competition, it is very difficult to create a peaceful world. It is the societies such as ju/wasi, which promote sharing and strongly discourage fighting and conflict, are the places that successfully accomplished peacefulness. Peaceful communities are usually those who practice egalitarianism, who dislike single heroes, and that promote group efforts. Conflict communities arise when single people try to take control and when resources are slim. This encourages violence, greediness, male supremacy, war, and the switch from hunter gatherer societies to today’s nation-state. Today’s world, unfortunately, is a buildup of events of people trying to gain more power than needed, of western influence on undeveloped areas, and of competition to have more resources and connections than of other competing villages. Lederach:...
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