Cultural barriers may include differing languages, differing practices as related to medical procedures, and different conceptions of gender and sexuality. These barriers can lead to serious miscommunications between parties with differing cultural backgrounds.Continue Reading
Language presents perhaps the most significant single cultural barrier. When two individuals do not share a common language it is increasingly likely that they will also suffer from other barriers, such as a lack of shared body language and cultural context. This leads to difficulty navigating even the most basic situations and can even cause more serious miscommunications.
Customs in cuisine differ between social groups and can often be a cause for concern. Animals kept as pets in one culture might be used as a source of food in another. Some cultures employ dogs and horses in this manner, a practice viewed as normal in most of the world and as distasteful in parts of the Western world. Like many barriers this can cause enmity and tension.
Religious groups like the Christian Scientists have strictures and other religious laws against accepting blood transfusions and related procedures. This can cause extreme friction between members of the faith, most members of the medical profession and family members outside of the church.Learn more about Anthropology
When modern people think of imperialism, the practices of slavery and racism come to mind; while those are among the cons of imperialism, the institution also ended up having some benefits, particularly among the countries that were able to settle colonies elsewhere. The principle of self-determination for countries is more in line with the claims of democracy, making the rise of new empires extremely unlikely in the 21st century.Full Answer >
An example of applied anthropology would be a professional or scholar hired by a government to dwell among a native tribe and analyze ways in which the tribe communicates and to bridge gaps with the client. Applied anthropology refers to any action-oriented anthropological project that aims to solve practical problems.Full Answer >
Caucasian, Negroid and Mongoloid are the three principal examples of human racial designations. White, black and Asian are the layman's terms for these races. Other scholars consider Native American and Pacific Islander as separate races.Full Answer >
An example of good citizenship is when a person finds a wallet full of money and returns the wallet rather than keeping the money. Good citizenship comes in many forms and each person displays it differently.Full Answer >