ethnographic project - How cultural identity is created and...

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How cultural identity is created and maintained by people who see themselves different form others. Why the group was chosen The differences between rural and urban communities have always been apparent to me, but I’ve never had the chance to investigate the matter. This assignment has provided the opportunity and incentive to explore the relationship between country and city peoples in terms of selfing and othering. By interviewing people members of each group, we discovered some main themes with which they define themselves and then stereotype people outside the groups. Condition of the interviews Report results of interviews I interviewed Isaac and George, two college students who were both born and raised in rural communities. They were asked questions which allowed them to tell what they consider to be the defining attributes of their culture. After describing their rural lifestyle, they were asked how they consider urban culture both from conceptions they gained while growing up and lessons learned later in life. The two interviewees are different in that Isaac wants to continue his current ambitions to live and retire in a country setting while George envisions himself pursuing a career in a city after college. Their difference in goals leads us to believe that their diverse testimonies will supplement each other. Isaac, a junior at the University of Wyoming, described rural culture as centered around the economic history of the area in which he lives. There is an extensive ranching and farming heritage present in his community. The town culture and festivals subsequently developed around the traditions and history of early settlers. Here, the 4 th of July, is the most popular holiday. Interestingly, during the festivities, the town’s farming and ranching heritage is commemorated more enthusiastically than even our independence from England. Even if people are not farmers or ranchers by trade in this community, they still heavily associate themselves with the traditions and values of the people who founded the town. “Farming, hunting, and ranching is not a past time, it’s a way of life which we value greatly”. When asked about clothing, foods, and gestures Isaac described several differences that he believes are unique to the rural community. Country people eat more traditionally, indulging mostly in classic American dishes. Though they do enjoy the Chinese or Mexican restaurant as much as any other group, they are not as interested in exotic foods. “People in cities seem to get a strange thrill from eating Tai cuisine, sushi, and stuff like that. They think it makes them cultured or classy or something.” In terms of dress, he noted that along with his practical lifestyle comes a practical dress. He
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This essay was uploaded on 09/26/2007 for the course ANTHR 1420 taught by Professor Fiskesjo,m during the Fall '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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