Research Paper

The Hoaurani people of Ecuador: A culture under threat

4 pages | 840 words

This essay discusses the Hoaurani people of Ecuador, their culture and traditions, the exploitation of their land and resources, and the effects of modernization on their way of life.

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The Return of the Ainu: Cultural Mobilization and the Practice of Ethnicity in Japan

3 pages | 690 words

This essay looks at the resurgence of Ainu culture in Japan, and how this is affecting Ainu identity. It focuses on the way that Ainu culture has been portrayed by the West, and how this has affected Ainu identity. It also looks at how the Ainu people of Hidaka have managed to keep their culture alive, despite discrimination from the Japanese government and society.

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African American Studies: Applying Analytical Techniques to Study the African Diaspora

3 pages | 740 words

African American Studies is an important area of study that applies analytical techniques to understand the circumstances and experiences of all the major societies of the African Diaspora. The studies were established in the late 1960s in order to correct the Eurocentric bias of most curriculums and to challenge the barriers to black advancement in society. Early African American Studies programs were often multi-disciplinary in approach, incorporating disciplines such as history, sociology, economics, and political science. However, in recent years there has been a movement towards Trans or multi-disciplinary approaches, which view the African Diaspora as a whole and attempt to situate it within a global context.

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