Carried Traditions

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The sociological concept that is illustrated in this photo is Cultural Universals. More specifically the concept of cultural assimilation. This photo was taken at my parents’ house. They immigrated to Canada 20 years ago. However, they carried traditions from Sudan and brought them to Canada. The idea of cultural assimilation is the process of different ethnic backgrounds absorbing the dominant culture of the society they live in (Elizebth Prine Pauls).

The setup depicted in the image above is a very common arrangement seen in a Sudanese household. It displays traditional Sudanese sculptures as well as burning Bakhoor which is type of incense which is typically burned in a Sudanese’s household. It’s rare for a minority group to replenish pervious cultural practice entirely. This would be a great example of cultural assimilation due to the fact that assimilation involves replacing values, traditions, and norms to the dominant culture of the society. Which isn’t the case with my parents as they are still holding on to culture.

North American Culture

North American culture is a culture of over consumerism. Technology has taken over our lives and everyday we are told we need new things. When is enough, enough? We feel so connected yet so isolated. We can reach each other through touch of a button yet we miss those personal interactions. We have never been so disconnected yet connected. March 4/2017, My house, London Ontario.

North American culture is a culture of over consumerism. Technology has taken over our lives and every day we are told we need new things. When is enough, enough? We feel so connected yet so isolated. We can reach each other through a touch of a button yet we miss those personal interactions. We have never been so disconnected yet connected. We are given a false sense of connection. The impact of those devices on those who provide us with the materials is forgotten; we have a sense of  “others”  and us. Karl Marx said not all progress is good progress as some good aspects of the past are lost along the way. Technology has made our lives easy but at what cost?
March 4/2017, My house, London Ontario. 128.

Social Class

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The BMW; a symbol of high social class, prestige, and power. Often driven by doctors, lawyers, and business executives. Known for quality and heavily revered in western culture (149 characters)

(John Fortner, Mar. 1, 2016, Nathan’s House. London, ON)

 

Visual Sociology

“Humans are the product of customs” – Ibn Khaldun. Something that is unique to a certain culture or society, such as blowing out candles on a birthday cake, can be seen as the opposite of a cultural universal, as it is not a tradition shared by every culture.

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