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ERIC Number: EJ816431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
"Going Global": Conceptualization of the "Other" and Interpretation of Cross-Cultural Experience in an All-White, Rural Learning Environment
Lee, Mimi Miyoung
Ethnography and Education, v1 n2 p197-213 Jun 2006
Based on an ethnographic case study done in an all-white, rural middle school, this article examines the students' experience with and interpretation of an international education program implemented with a hope of providing more global/international contents to the curriculum. The study shows that these students interpreted other cultures introduced by the program in relation to their own culture and their own identity formation. The process of local "othering" within the student school community was analogous to that of the students' collective "othering" of unfamiliar non-US cultures. The idea of US-centrism based on US consumer culture became the main standard against which the "otherness" of different cultures were measured. The findings show how prejudice and stereotyping of global others derive from both the everyday process of differentiation in local home cultures and defense of national culture. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A