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ERIC Number: ED002505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 18
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CULTURAL VARIATIONS IN THE CULTURES OF THE SOUTHWEST.
CAMPA, ARTHUR L.
THERE ARE MANY POINTS OF CONTACT WHERE THE SPANISH AND ANGLO-AMERICAN SOUTHWESTERN CULTURES NOT ONLY ACCEPT EACH OTHER, BUT RECOGNIZE VIRTUALLY INTRINSIC VALUES. IN CASES WHERE THE TWO CULTURES ARE APART THEY ARE NOT INIMICAL EXCEPT AMONG INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE LOST THE VALUES OF BOTH CULTURES. THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO BRING THE CULTURAL POLES TOGETHER. THE STARTING POINT IS FOR BOTH CULTURES TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES. THEY WILL THEN BE IN A POSITION TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND ACHIEVE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND ACCULTURATION. BEFORE CULTURES CAN REACH APPROXIMATION THEY MUST BE AT THE SAME LEVEL. IN THIS CASE, THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SPANISH FOLK CULTURE AND AN ANGLO COMPLETE SOCIETY. A DRAWING TOGETHER OF THE TWO CULTURES IS SIMPLER IN RURAL AREAS THAN IN URBAN SOCIETY, WHICH ENFORCES STANDARDS OF FINANCIAL SUCCESS, CLEANLINESS, STATUS, EFFICIENCY, THOROUGHNESS, SPEED, CIVIC MINDEDNESS, MATERIALISM, AND GROWTH AND CHANGE WHICH ARE DIFFICULT FOR THE NON-AMERICAN TO ADAPT TO. THE CONFIGURATIONS OF URBAN SOCIETY WITH ALL VIRTUES AND DEFECTS SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD, FOLLOWED BY AN ANALYSIS OF FOLK CULTURE. EVENTUALLY, MUTUAL ACCEPTANCE THROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING MAY BE ACHIEVED. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR AND DELIVERED AT THE BILINGUAL-MIGRANT EDUCATION WORKSHOP, JULY 18, 1963.
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