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Scenario: Another holiday has arrived and it is time to celebrate with extended family from across the country. Even your cousin is coming home after studying abroad for a semester. In such an outgoing and talkative family, these celebrations usually include delicious food, family fun, and some feisty conversations; this celebration is no different.
The conversation turns to some new residents in town, particularly how they just do not seem to fit in. They are peculiar, one relative notes, while another shares a story about how she tried to strike up a conversation with one of the new moms while she was out walking, but the other mom was just so rude and barely looked at her.
A youngster overhears the conversation and adds that the new kid brings weird food for lunch at school and never talks in class. Your sister says that there seem to be too many people living in the house, though the family drives nice cars, and your favorite uncle wonders aloud if the new folks are “up to no good.” Equipped with the knowledge from your current course, you speak up to keep the conversation from heading in a negative direction.
Compose your initial post as if you are talking to your relatives about the new folks in town. Use the geographic and generational differences in your hypothetical family as examples.
In your initial post, be sure to accomplish the following:
- Explain culture and subculture as you see them represented in the two families.
- Identify at least three anthropological core concepts you see represented in this scenario that you might analyze.
- Explain how these concepts are represented in this scenario.
- Describe any cultural norms and values you see represented in this scenario.