Africa Sanctions the White Man Lome, Togo West Africa Monday, May 28, 2007 I am trying to think, how to explain what I do not understand, yet this is the reason to write, to take confusion and transform to clarity.
I think I have discovered by reading about culture in Wikipedia.org the word to remember in Africa.
Sanctions There is this common aspect of West Africa that I have continually felt, heard, and received from man of the people of Cote d Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Niger, I do not know the other countries.
There is a continual desire by the locals to enforce some sanctions on me, or to bring me into the norm of how they expect me to behave.
Common ones and problem ones:
1. If I ask for a gift of Cadeau you should give. 2. IF I say Va or come, you should come.
The sanction imposed I have learned if, I do not obey is: - Mockery au Moquerie -
This behavior in the USA is similar as when one child is making fun of another. In the British culture, they often enjoy and continue into adult by a method called. - Taking the Piss. -
The sanction of mockery imposed daily by people in West Africa is interesting and intriguing, I semi-think the more education and power a person has, the more they do this mocking behavior. It is like a biting action of a big dog to a little dog.
The main problem is a group mockery, and group mocking that takes place can lead to a group hysteria, and violence. There is a desire for the whites to give money or cower.
A common sanction in small tribal village of the world is to throw rocks and stones, the mockery are difficult, especially if you do not understand the language. I have found, they do not want to be mocked or to have me do it better than them. I tend to ignore too well, but then again, I have had training in India, and for sure a person who has traveled in India and shut off another person fast or will go crazy.
Key components of culture Values Norms Institutions Artifacts
Values comprise ideas about what in life seems important. They guide the rest of the culture. Norms consist of expectations of how people will behave in various situations. Each culture has methods, called sanctions, of enforcing its norms. Sanctions vary with the importance of the norm; norms that a society enforces formally have the status of laws. Institutions are the structures of a society within which values and norms are transmitted. Artifacts—things, or aspects of material culture—derive from a culture's values and norms.