Culture And Autoethnography Summary

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In the text Pratt talks about how different cultures meet and they have different perspectives on their cultures. By “cultures” she is just referring to different groups of people. Pratt uses terms like “contact zone” and “imagined communities” to describe when cultures meet and how they view each other. She also used words like “autoethnography” and “ethnography”. Autoethnography is a self- reflection of the researcher’s personal experience. Ethnography is the description of the customs of individual people and cultures.

“The idea of the contact zone is intended in part to contrast with ideas of community that underlie much of the thinking about language, communication, and culture that gets done in the academy.” (325) The contact zone as
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The students that take this class are usually honors students. Dual enrollment classes are possibly on a high school campus.These are serious classes that only people who are serious about college will pass. These kids are very mature and independent. In my opinion, these students are the true definition of “young adults”

An elective class would be a contact zone in which honors students engage with college prep students. Both the honors and college prep students have opinions on each other and how they do things. In reality, they are all around the same age group and have similar interest but they just don’t learn the same. The classroom is separated into groups because of how each class feel about the other.

In this situation I would be in the honors category. In my past experiences in elective classes, us honors students view the college prep students as childish or immature and we would rather not be in class with them. Before actually meeting them we knew in our minds that they would be childish, immature, loud, and off task. When it was time to meet them we didn’t want to interact with them because as far as we know we are too smart or mature to be in class with