Sociology Paper 2

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Running Head: My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Page 1

My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari A Lynn Byrne

My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Page 2 Abstract
My view of the bushmen teaching humility in their Christmas practice is contained in this paper based on the information gleaned from Lee’s article Eating Christmas in the Kalahari. I list excerpts from the article and our textbook to illustrate my views. Also, I address how the tribe is an agent of socialization and is a representation of Gemeinschaft. I talk about the difference
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However, soon Richard learned that it was a custom of the !Kung that no matter what a person did they would put him down in order to keep his arrogance in check (Lee 1-4). This practice teaches humility. No matter what a bushman does all the other people would put him down, as to not fuel his ego. By teaching humility as a social norm this tribe showed it was an agent of socialization (family, religion, peer group, school, workplace,
My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Page 4 media and technology, government) (Schaefer, 83-89). Richard learned that it was his power in the community, status (term used by sociologists to refer to position in a larger group) (Schaefer, 100), that led to them fooling him about his big ox. He was the only source of tobacco for hundreds of miles so that put him on a pedestal because of his achieved status within the tribe. In order to put him in his place the bushman made him feel bad by telling he was ruining their Christmas festival with the “bag of bones” he bought even though it was a beautiful animal (Lee 1-4). Even in small tribes status plays a significant role, and the bushmen feel that no matter your status you should have

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