To Discover (Culural) Identity of Wanted Individual
Who is he?
Let's begin with ethnicity. Nieto explains "just as there is no such thing as a pure race, there is likewise no "pure" culture" (Nieto, pg. 131). She continues on to say that "cultures are always hybrids" (Nieto, pg. 130). Our suspect is no exception when it comes to his ethnicity. While the ethnic upbringing of the last three generation in his family have taking place in the United States, the cultural legacy comes from many European countries; most notably Scotland and Ireland.
Born and raised on the New Jersey coastline.
Primarily found on the father's side. Great grandfather immigrated from Scotland.
Primarily found on the mother's side. Great grandmother immigrated from Ireland.
Mom, Dad and an awesome brother
"Culture, then, is not a passive legacy, but an active operation that takes place through contact and interactions with others" (Nieto, pg. 137)
Our suspect is certainly a product of his environment and a cultural blend of the people closest to him; his mother, father and brother. This occurence is not oncommon, as our lecture material from this week explains through the idea of "accelturation."
"Human activities take place in Cultural contexts, are mediated by language and other symbol systems and can be understood when investigated in their historical development" (John-Steiner and Mahn, pg. 191)
Culture does not come about soley from ethnic backround, or family and environmental upbringing. Culture also exists in the things we do. Our suspect shares culture with others in the activities he partakes in; his participation in the martial arts and fitness worlds are key examples.
Just the facts, ma'am...
"You never learn anything absolutely from scratch" (Changelearning, 2008).
To sum it up, our suspect developed his cultural identity by being introduced to and growing up in multiple cultures. The key, however, is to understand that these cultures have not been solely ethnically-based. Each environment in which he has lived had its own culture. The activities he engages in belong to their own specific cultures. His immediate family had their own culture. His cultural identity did not develop from scratch; it was learned and created over time by multiple factors - . But who is he?
You caught him, it's...Ted Johnson !
Nieto, Sonia (2008). Culture and Education. Reprinted in The Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education. Volume 107. Issue 1. p 127-142.
John-Steiner, V., & Mahn, H. (1996). Sociocultural approaches to learning and development: A Vygotskian framework. Educational Psychologist, 31(3/4), 191.
Changelearning. "Building Knowledge: Constructivism in Learning." YouTube. YouTube, 31 Jan. 2008. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.