Pratt - Professor Sharyn Nelson EN-101-I Pratt (revised)...

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Professor Sharyn Nelson EN-101-I Pratt (revised) 11/9/07 Throughout my schooling years, I have had many experiences that illustrate the involvement and inclusion in a community and contact zones. Although these experiences have occurred all throughout my life, many of them occurred in school. Pratt defines a “contact zone” as “social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other” (Pratt 519). She says that “contact zones” exist in every community, and utopian communities that she phrases as “imagined communities” where everybody is alike and gets along do not exist. Pokémon cards are perfect for demonstrating Pratt’s ideas. When the Pokémon card fad developed, it formed a Pokémon community in schools all over the world. This vast community of card players was an “imagined community” at its finest. It was every kids dream to go into a school full of fair-minded Pokémon players and enjoy a day full of card trading. This, of course, set a false sense of security in children. I too fell for this
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