Kwame and improve his relations with his father.

Kwame Anthony Appiah in his article The Case for
Contamination discusses three interconnected issues cultural diversity,
globalization, and ethical contemplation. The author describes two roles that
religion plays within all these issues. This essay presents the opinion of
Kwame Anthony Appiah regarding multiethnic unity expressed in the New York
Times article The Case for Contamination. The author claims that multiethnic
unity is a tool that can be used to achieve deeper comprehension of religious
multiplicity and distinctiveness. It also can be used to avoid the erosion of
religious conviction into a secular hypothesis subjugated by the ideals of the
crowd.Appiah argues that, on one hand, religion can be used constructively to
safeguard culture during times of globalization. It helps people to uphold
their unique cultural practices while being subjected to external globalization
forces e.g. media. Religion can help to preserve cultures and their customs as
the globalization process accelerates. For instance, Appiah mentions the
incident of an extremely devout Zulu man Sipho from the state of South Africa.
He was devoted to his cultural customs and beliefs while also being impacted by
globalization agents such as television. He watched American TV programs and
was enjoyed the show called Days of Our Lives. He claims that this soap opera
helped him comprehend and improve his relations with his father. However, there
are still several aspects of the soap opera that remain unaccepted to Sipho and
people of his culture e.g. a woman dating before she is 20. On the other hand,
the impact of religion on the development of globalization can be damaging.
Conservatives fear globalization and are convinced of its destructive effect on
their beliefs. There are two approaches according to which it is possible to
tackle the concerns of conservatives cultural and economic. In terms of
culture, the introducing of Western beliefs impacts the culture via grand
media, as asserted by Herbert Schiller in Appiahs article. 

 

 

 

 

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1. Mario Fernando Miralles II June 14th, 2015 Analysis on “The Case for
Contamination” Many people who advocate for the preservation of cultures are
establishing a disservice to the progress of women’s rights. Article Two of the
UNESCO Convention (2005), for example, talks about the “principle of equal
dignity of and respect for all cultures.” While this may seem like a humane
position on the importance of cultural diversity it is, in fact, an endangering
viewpoint to the push for women’s rights. This is discussed widely in Kwame
Anthony Appiah’s (2006) “The Case for Contamination”. In it, the topic of
women’s rights as a global responsibility (which is also viewed as ‘cultural
imperialism’ imposed by highly developed countries) is questioned as to whether
this perception is endangering the cultural norms and traditions of countries
around the world. Appiah talks extensively on the subject of globalization on
how many traditions and customs are being threatened by the emergence of
dominating cultures from more developed countries. She uses the example of how
baseball caps, radio programs that talk about western figures and brands like
Coca-Cola are entering foreign lands and are having an impact on citizens. A
main reason for this is that these products make economic sense for the
impoverished. “They have no real choice,” the cultural
preservationists say. “We’ve dumped cheap Western clothes into their
markets, and they can no longer afford the silk they used to wear
traditionally” (Appiah, 2006). But the bigger issue remains on how these
“Western values” are affecting key areas that do not agree in the way in which
men and women behave, such as in the US. Islamic culture in Afghanistan, for
example, restricts women from many things including going out in public

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their husbands or without wearing their burqas to cover their faces (Chiovenda,
2012). These “culturally diverse” norms which cultural preservationists feel
the need to defend are damaging to the rights of Afghan women. The
interventions by the US and NATO have assisted in gradually transitioning the
perception of equality among the region in order to empower women within their
country. Some would see this sort of intervention as invasive to state
sovereignty or aggressive in its demands for a country like Afghanistan to
relinquish its identity. Appiah would argue that this is not the case. She
intelligently replies that countries do not have to surrender their cultural
diversity in order to do what is proper in the sense of human rights for women.
It may be considered for some to be ‘cultural imperialism’ simply based on the
notion that these campaigns for women’s rights are being championed by Western
powers like the US and Europe. However, we can support cultural changes in the
benefit of progressive human rights without the need to sacrifice cultural
identity and diversity. With the ever expanding spread of ideas and information
with tools like the Internet, many cultural practices that are harmful or
prohibit freedoms and rights will eventually become obsolete. It is one thing
to preserve culture as in history, arts, and identity; it is another to
preserve cultures as in outdated, stagnant, and wrongful traditions, especially
those that limit women’s rights

 

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