Sayre's Cultural Decentering
Analyze and interpret the following quotation: "Worldwide, non-Western cultures faced fundamental challenges to their cultural identities" not so much a recentering of culture but a decentering of culture.
In the later nineteenth century and early twentieth century, what would a "decentering" of culture have meant for a given cultural group? Select from among the non-Western cultural groups noted in the text (Native American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or African) and research the impact of Western or European cultures on that group.
What was the selected non-Western culture like prior to the late nineteenth century? How did it change as a result of European expansion? How is this change representative of what Sayre calls a "decentering" of culture? Be sure to use specific examples and details.
The solution is an extensive 2,229 word essay that tackles the notion that non-western cultures face decentering due to the challenges of globalization from the 19th century, to the 20th and the present. Particular events and affects in varied cultures are discussed as examples looking at the impact of Western culture in the culture and identity formation of said culture. The example of Sayre in relation to cultural decentering is used to illustrate the 'decentering' cultural change/influence. A word version of the solution is attached. References are listed for expansion. The essay follows the APA format.
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