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    Conquest Culture and Cultural Crystallization

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    1. Discuss the concept of "conquest culture."
    2. Discuss if and how "cultural crystallization" was significant in determining what the final stabilized forms of the Latin American acculturated society was.

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    Please see attached response, which is also presented below. I also attached two highly informative chapters that discuss the 'conquest culture' and 'cultural crystallization' in some detail. I hope this helps and take care.

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    1. Discuss the concept of "conquest culture." Discuss if and how "cultural crystallization" was very significant in determining what the final stabilized forms of the Latin American acculturated society are.

    CONQUEST CULTURE

    The conquest culture is that of Spain ( see attached article " Latin America culture" for more detail). However, the conquest culture represents but a small part of the totality of the traits and and complexes that compromise the donor culture (i.e., Spain). Both social and psychological processes are governed by the contact situation. In relation to areas of high culture, ESPECIALLY in Mexico, although we tend to think in terms of the Indians acculturating to Spanish ways, there were in fact, two recipient groups in the process of change: Indian and Spanish. Every Spaniard in America represents some phase of the donor culture, and therefore helped carry part of the conquest culture. At the same time, though, each Spaniard was exposed not only to Indians, but to other ...

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    This solution discusses the concept of 'conquest culture' and then discusses the significance of the concept of 'cultural crystallization', especially in determining the final stabilized forms of the Latin American acculturated society. Supplemented with two highly informative chapters on the two concepts.

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