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What I learned

I particularly enjoyed the discussion on how respecting elders differs between cultures. It was interesting to hear other classmates's theories on why westernized culture does not give the same respect to elders as some other cultures. It was nice to be able to learn from everyone's various backgrounds in the class.


Well, the position of elders in a culture also has to do with knowledge production patterns. For example, in certain African, Native American, and Asian cultures, knowledge is passed on orally through storytellers. Elders are in a very good position to play this role. Whereas in most contemporary western cultures, the social conditions for this type of knowledge production pattern have no longer existed or severely diminished.