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April 8, 2011

David Abram Reading

Filed under: Uncategorized — E. A. @ 11:36 am

We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation.

“Certainly, the perceptual style of any community is both reflected in, and profoundly shaped by, the common language of the community” (pg 91).

I would agree that cultural perceptions of and reactions to emotions and experiences do differ vastly. It so happens that most of the examples I can think of speak languages other than English. Take Japan, their society and culture is based upon the internal self and external regard for others. When tragedies occur it is common and expected that the victim not express their emotions. this seems quite different from western concepts so let’s consider the example of England. Unions in England have great bargaining power because there is an overall understanding of group well-being, so a union will strike and stick through it until their demands are met. In the U.S. there has been very little group effort in the past 20 years, that I can recall, in which group well-being has been placed before individual interests. Recently, however, there have been movements and effort made for group well-being in the teacher strike in Wisconsin in defense of unionization and the Queens College walk-out on March 31, 2011 in opposition to CUNY tuition hikes and Chancellor Goldstein’s pay increase. These are efforts in which the west may be learning about the external “we” and placing the “I” aside.

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