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Gumboy Level 55 / fun guy
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You can treat a person from another culture as a product of an
environment (environmental determinism that people and societies are controlled by the environment in which they develop) -
but that is neglectful of that person's own relational concepts.
These involve their place in their society which may not relate
much to their values about home culture, nationality, religion, ethnic
background. You can be, say from India, but you may not really
be Indic or Hindu, or brown or poor as an 'exoculturalist' (an
outsider) might expect. So it's best to proceed to learn about one
another's differing views and values by interviewing that individual
(or a child's parents) directly, moving from bottom (unit individual) on
up, not top to down (thinking and using cultural assumptions) in establishing a pattern for friendly and understanding communication.
Here is an example in Children's Geography/education -
" In the act of theorizing children and their geographies, the ways of
doing research and the assumed ontological realities often "frame 'children' and 'adults' in ways that impose a bi-polar, hierarchical,
and developmental model". This reproduces and enforces the
hegemony of adult-centered discourses of children within knowledge production."
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