Culture and Ethnocentrism Essay

672 Words Sep 6th, 2012 3 Pages
Richanda L. Brown

This paper will evaluate the movie The Stoning of Soraya M. and discuss the effect of ethnocentrism on individuals, societies, and multinational corporations. This paper will provide a comprehensive overview of ethnocentrism and focus on the cultural observations made based on cultural experience.

Our text defines ethnocentrism as the practice of judging another culture by the standards of one’s own culture. (Macionis, 2012). This means that sometimes the way we view certain practices and beliefs of other cultures is determined by what we are accustomed to in our own cultures. The result of ethnocentrism is assuming the
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Although there are consequences for these actions, such as divorce, none are as brutal as death. In some cases, American couples even choose to stay together after one party has been unfaithful. However, according to this movie, infidelity is unforgivable. Also, I was puzzled that the trial for the woman was only open to the men of the village. These men were to include, her husband, who was the accuser, her father, who despised her, and the town mullah, who had tried to make an advance on her (to no avail) shortly after she was accused. In this country, no matter what the crime, an accused individual is always entitled to a fair trial with an unbiased jury. In short, this was definitely not a fair trial. Throughout this film, the audience is constantly reminded of the superiority of men in this culture. This is displayed in the trial, the punishment she wrongly received, and her husband’s disregard for the well being of their daughters, only the sons. Furthermore, the infidelity of the woman’s husband is overlooked and viewed as acceptable in Iranian culture. Although men and women are not always treated as equals in American culture, it is not likely that the misbehavior of a man in marriage is going to be treated any different than if the woman misbehaves in the marriage. These customs are widely accepted and practiced in Iranian culture and considered the norm. Being astonished by the actions and practices of this culture is the
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