difference between first and third world countries, but did not really know what to consider a second world country. It is interesting that second world countries are considered communist or socialist. This makes it seem like we think of other countries in relation to our own. If a country has a different type of governing system or is not a capitalistic country, then it is not as good as our own and this makes the differing countries one step or more below ours. Whenever I hear about culture in Brazil it fascinates me and upsets me a little. I know several people who grew up and live in Brazil, excluding the few months during our winter they work at my job. Based off of what they have told me, I would have never pictured Brazil as being poverty stricken to such an extreme. I suppose the Brazil I envisioned was more similar to America than not. It amazes me how something like this was never mentioned. This could possibly be because of our differing ideas of what is “normal” in a society and that these poverties might go unnoticed most the time in Brazil. On a somewhat similar note, reading about the maquiladoras in Mexico reminded me of the circumstances of the people who migrated to California for work during the Great Depression, mostly in reference to The Grapes of Wrath.
All in all, this chapter left me a little frustrated with people. There are so many things that could be better but we rarely stray from what we know and avoid change, even if it is for the better. This is a generalized statement and is not true for everyone or every nation. In America we
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- Fall '12
- Sociology, First World