Social Survival and Counting Coups
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This paper examines what determines social status in two different tribal cultures, the Gurung of Nepal and the Crow tribe of North America. The role of honor is discussed and the role it plays in social survival among these two groups. The paper also examines the notion of personhood and its relationship to the social roles of a person within a society. Ernestine McHugh's ethnography," Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming to Know another Culture" and Jonathan Lear's "Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation" are discussed at length as they relate to these two tribes. The paper concludes with a summary of what it takes to survive socially in these two cultures as well as within Western society.
From the Paper:"The notion of personhood rests on the basis that this is what constructs social roles of a person within a society. The person represents an individual occupying society's identities and roles, yet the question remains; does the extent of survival of one's personhood depend greatly on the honor they secure within their society? In the third chapter of Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming to Know Another Culture, McHugh examines kinship and honor within the social constructs of the household."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Lowie, Robert (1983) The Crow Indians. Nebraska: University of Nebraska
- McHugh, Ernestine (2001) Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming to Know Another Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Lear, Jonathan (2006) Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
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