Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

Inspired by Horace Miners “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” you are to engage in your own process of “making the familiar strange”.  Choose a place, institution, event, occurrence, tv show and “make it strange”

The method is to approach something we all know and understand as if we were cultural outsiders and no preconceived understandings or context for what we were witnessing.  Use colorful, descriptive language to paint a picture in the audiences mind.  Your subject or method can be political or provide social commentary as Miner did with the health care system, psychiatry, and the objectification of women.

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The meaning of Miner’s “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” is that if we distance ourselves and our point of view, a culture will always look peculiar to us. On the other hand, looked at from within, even the strangest customs and practices might seem completely reasonable and justifiable.

“Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” / Miner – Analysis and Explanation

http://culturalstudiesnow.blogspot.com/2017/07/body-ritual-among-nacirema-miner.html

Summary: “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” / Horace Miner

http://culturalstudiesnow.blogspot.com/2017/07/summary-body-ritual-among-nacirema.html

Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

http://www4.westminster.edu/staff/brennie/wpgroup6/miner.html.

For more information on Body Ritual Among the Nacirema read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacirema

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