Skip to comments.Myth Of Cultural Imperialism
Posted on 11/02/2012 11:56:00 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
Missionaries have long been painted as part and parcel of an imperial American foreign policy by academics but as with most things academic, this view does not hold up to careful scrutiny. I dont like the term cultural imperialism, Cambridge University lecturer Andrew Preston said in a lecture in Georgetown. I prefer cultural exchange or cultural transfer.
Preston is the author of Sword of The Spirit: Religion In American War and Diplomacy. The hard core missionary imperialists were the exception to the rule, I found out, when I got beyond the secondary literature and into primary sources, Preston at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
Missionaries were cultural imperialists though inadvertent, Preston avers. The 19th century China missionaries who get such a bad rap promoted development and womens rights to education.
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I don’t agree. There is definintely cultural imperialism.
For example, the USA and the UN have been working feverishly to get developing nation cultures to accept abortion and population control.
That’s cultureal imperialism.
"Cultural Imperialism" is a rationalization for perceived lack of political power. The proponents of the phrase are incapable of grasping that "power" is destructive, if it does not embrace as basic principles, organization, planning and some sort of ability to view of the future. Otherwise it instantly degenerates to barbarity and despotism; the cure is worse than the disease.
With very few exceptions (I can only think of one) countries which have shed "cultural imperialism" have quickly descended back to total primitive barbarism, misery and wholesale death.
Only if the recipients are disposed to accept it.
Your assertion assumes that they are incapable of making a choice.
Maybe they don’t want that choice in their culture?
Is it up to another culture to say?
And yes, there are many cultures who do not look favorably on abortion.