Detective Needed

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.

Possible Locations

New Jersey Shore

" influenced by the envoriment in which it exists" (Nieto, pg. 133)

Our suspect grew up on the shores of the NJ coastline. Surfing, skateboarding, fishing and scuba diving were all part of the culture. The towns were small communities that thrived on the summer tourism.


Brookline, MA is now home, and this offers a completely different culture than the sleepy NJ coast. The proximity to downtown Boston adds a unique twist to his cultural development; this includes Boston pride, great New England traditions and foods to name a few.

Known Associates

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."

Known Activities

"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 !

Hello there! I am a staff member of Northeastern University at the College of Engineering. I live in Brookline, MA, but am from Manasquan, NJ, a small shore town on the east coast. I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Hospitality Management from UMass - Amherst and was a hotel manager for Marriott International. Outside of work, I study martial arts, snowboard, and enjoy learning new recipes to try at home.


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.