CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS… A PERSONAL THING OR SOCIETAL?

… YOU AGAINST THE WORLD?

Up to what extent are we able to develop our own individuality within a society that tends to uniform the collective?

This rhetorical situation may sound “too deep”… But it is actually an everyday thing, especially to youngsters like you. An example…

Check this image:

TATTOOS 1

Based on what you know about the tattoo issue, reflect and answer the following questions:

1. How much do you think tattoos reflect cultural values and beliefs?

2. Should tattoos and piercings be prohibited in work places?

3. Do you think tattooed and pierced individuals are discriminated?

4. How do chileans react to tattooed individuals?

5. In your opinion, are tattoos and piercings part of cultural tradition of a country?

TASK 1

You are going to watch a video regarding tattooing in the US. Listen attentively to the presentation:

a. What is the communicative intention behind the video?

b. What are the main points presented? Jot them down.

c. Could these thoughts be related somehow to the Chilean reality? If not, why?

TASK 2

Follow THIS LINK.  What do you think about the arguments given for an against US people being negatively stereotyped because of tattoos? Choose the best from both sides.

TASK 3

Study the images below. Based upon your reflections on the matter, answer the following question:

TATTOOS: A FASHION STATEMENT OR

A CULTURAL TRADITION?

PHOTO 1

maori-face-tattoo

PHOTO 2

rock-maori-shoulder-tattoo

NOTE:  Robbie Williams and boxing heavy-weight Mike Tyson were among the first Westerners to show Maori tattoos – allegedly much to the annoyance of many Maori themselves.

TASK 4

Watch the following documentary for more information on the topic:

Now watch the following videos and answer the questions in the handouts provided

Video 1

Video 2

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/countries-places/japan/japan_fullbodytattoos/

a. Conduct a research on the meaning of tattoos in one culture or subculture. FOCUS ON AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY.

b. Write a 5 paragraph opinion narrative (aka “opinion piece” like the one you wrote for your cumulative project. To refresh your memory re-check this link: https://y9lb2013.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/cumulative-project-traditional-or-alternative-medicine/ ) in which you will refer to how tattoos reflect the following aspects:

– Social status

– Religion

– Art or fashion

– Ethnicity

TASK 5

c. Write a draft in your copybooks.

d. Upload your final work on your blog. THIS ENTRY IS GRADED

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