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Body Rituals Among the Nacirema?

It's online; look at it. The rituals are totally beside the point. The question is, who are the Nacirema.

Body ritual among the nacirema?

In the united states tattooing and piercings are a big thing, it is in a way a ritual and is a modification done to the body. As far as Body ritual among the nacirema its a book that an anthropologist wrote describe the U.S.A in a tribe state

Body Rituals Among the Nacirema?

The original use of the term was in Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, which satirizes anthropological papers on "other" cultures, and the Northern American Culture. Horace Miner wrote the paper and originally published it in the June 1956 edition of American Anthropologist.

In the paper, Miner describes the Nacirema, a little-known tribe living in North America. The way in which he writes about the curious practices that this group performs distances readers from the fact that the North American group described actually corresponds to modern-day Americans of the mid-1950s. The article sometimes serves as a demonstration of a gestalt shift with relation to sociology.

Miner presents the Nacirema as a group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. The paper describes the typical Western ideal for oral cleanliness, as well as providing an outside view on hospital-care and on psychiatry.

Miner's article became a popular work, reprinted in many introductory anthropology and sociology textbooks. It is also given as an example of process analysis in The Bedford Reader, a literature textbook. The article itself received the most reprint permission requests of any article in American Anthropologist, and has become part of the public domain.

Some of the popular aspects of Nacirema culture include: latipso (Hospital spelled backwards and the 'H' removed) Medicine men and women (doctors, psychiatrists, and pharmacists), a charm-box (medicine cabinet), the mouth-rite ritual (brushing teeth), and a cultural hero known as Notgnihsaw (Washington spelled backwards).

Though generally viewed to be on the west coast, there are several places given the name of Nacirema, including certain streets and very old neighborhoods on the east coast.


Body Ritual Among the Nacirema?

I'm having a hard time trying to write answers to the questions about this excerpt. I did do the reading, and basically its mocking American society and how outrageous our "culture" is. The questions are:

First, what is Miner's purpose? Who is the intended audience, and what assumptions does Miner make about the reader's knowledge or beliefs? What does Miner's piece tell us about the difficulty of describing another culture?

I do not want the answers, but if you could help me figure them out, or what you would do to figure out the answers, so in the future I know how to attack this. that would be great! Here are my answers so far...
1. Miners purpose was to show how other cultures view american culture
2. attended audience for everyone
3. (I'm not entirely sure on this one.. but this is what i have) He assumes that they do not not know everything (i.e Narcirema is american spelled backwards along with notgnihsaw (washington) who cut down the cherry tree. Without those indicators people would think that this was an actual culture.
4. That if you do not know exactly what is their ritual it will be hard to explain to others.

So am I on the right track with those answers? Or am I completely off?

Help on the body ritual among the nacirema?

Horace Miner took taken-for-granted norms and behaviors within American society and made them appear somewhat exotic and unrecognizable.

This sounds like a homework assignment, so I am not going to complete it for you. It should be fairly easy for you to link the connections between the exotic practices of Nacirema with their equivalents in America.

Hints: "Household shrine" is the bathroom and "bundle of hog hairs" (lol) is a toothbrush (you have to think outside the box a little).

Try rereading the passages you had difficulty understanding to fill in the missing pieces.

How is Body Ritual Among the Nacirema linked to 'sociological imagination'?

It forces us to make what is 'taken for granted ' strange and thus positions us to question our own culture.. This is often difficult to do as we tend experience or our own culture like; fish swimming in water'

it could be linked to any one of the three major perspectives but Interractionism for example asks quesitions about the way we enter our own society, take on roles and learn sets of values - just as the Nacirema do

PLEASE HELP!!!!! :( body ritual among Nacirema?

There are many reasons for this Nacirema(American) beliefs... Me being an American... I think the blame should be put upon Hollywood, and just television in general... If you really think about it though... I bet the Pharos of Egypt didn't have relations with the ugly slaves... Karen people living along the Thai-Burma border stretch the necks of their women, to make them more attractive... As do many other tribes do different things to their bodies, for similar reasons...

I hope this helps you to understand your question...

Could you help me with my question now?

What is the article “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” trying to communicate?

Nacirema is actually American . I did this in Anthropology last year . Its trying to communicate that cultures are a like. You think Nacirema is a different culture so you find the things they do weird. I remember from reading it they make cuts in their faces and tooth doctor puts magical powder in their teeth something along those lines cant remember exact words. Well that is just like us cutting our faces while shaving and going to the dentist getting a filling. Hope this kind of answers your question .

What sociological concept does "Body Ritual of the Nacirema" exemplify?

yes its a sociological joke meant to shake us up and make us see ourselves and our values and actions as though the US is a strange culture.

spell nacirema backwards to get the joke

In response to your comments:
to spell out the concept again: the article aims to make us distance ourselves from what seems normal or natural. Thus to realise that, although we have grown up internalising, and thus taking for granted, our own culture so that it is as invisible, yet necessary, to us as water is to a fish , it is the business of Sociology to recognise the socially constructed nature of our cultural values.
to put it yet another way:
sociologists must always question the assumption that our cultural values and actions are simply 'normal or 'natural'.

How do you break a social norm?

I stay up very late, party, post provocative pictures, I stimulate various reactions out of people. I take pride in my tattoos. I take pride in various attributions of myself. This is because I take the good with the bad and utilize myself as a prime example to extinguish stigma. I’m highly educated and consider myself rather successfully, generally/occupationally, so when people judge me based upon certain aspects of myself correlating them with worst case scenarios, I take pride in proving them wrong. Myths that women who flaunt their bodies don’t have brains or that people with tattoos lack proper education are 2 prime examples. I break certain social norms in order to honestly help normalize and remove the stigma from them. To each their own. Let people prosper and be happy!