Essay High School and Different Political Changes

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Essay 3: Changing Culture
In chapter 9 of Assault on Paradise Kottak discusses the different political changes that Arembepe went through as well as how it affected the villager’s everyday life, and how it could possibly change the way Arembepeiros live in the future and effect their future generations. Throughout the chapter Kottak discusses many things, but he hits on about 4 main topics, Welfare and Education, Public Health, Marriage and the State, and the sex Ratio and Female status.
In the beginning of the Chapter Kottak describes that the Arembepian government lowered the age that people needed to be to be eligible for government pensions. They lowered the age from 65 to 60. This may seem like a small change but it actually can
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This new licensing was also a big contrast from the 1960s when only the owners of the two largest stores had to pay those fees. “Municipal officials inspected weights and measures, and there was regular mail delivery. The streets had formal names, street signs, and house numbers.” (Kottak 131) All of these are examples of just how much Arembepe had grown and how legitimized it was becoming. Now the rest of Brazil was seeing it in a different light. They were “pulling their own weight” now, essentially. They were being a contributing member, or a contributing band, to a much larger state.
Documents that were never required before were, and are not required. “Full names were used in legal documents, and people were more familiar with the last names of fellow villagers. Most adults now had identity papers.” (Kottak 131) They were becoming a much more organized and legitimate society. Kottak even explained in the chapter that once they started using these documents that you could in fact be penalized, and even jailed if they were stopped by police and did not have a valid ID.
Another pattern that the Arembepe people were doing was joining the armed forces. It was almost like “the thing to do,” or at least it was becoming that. Kottak explained that “after junior high school, many local boys now presented
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