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Myth Of Cultural Imperialism
Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline

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 don’t 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 women’s rights to education.”

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TOPICS: Education; History; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: china; culture; imperialism; missionaries

1 posted on 11/02/2012 11:56:05 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

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.


2 posted on 11/02/2012 12:20:55 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Academiadotorg
“I don’t like the term ‘cultural imperialism,’” Cambridge University lecturer Andrew Preston said in a lecture in Georgetown. “I prefer ‘cultural exchange’ or ‘cultural transfer.’”

I agree.
"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.

3 posted on 11/02/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Lorianne
That’s cultureal imperialism.

Only if the recipients are disposed to accept it.
Your assertion assumes that they are incapable of making a choice.

4 posted on 11/02/2012 2:20:04 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911

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.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 3:09:27 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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