Can We Have Knowledge Independent of Our Culture?

Topics: El Salvador, Belief, Sociology Pages: 3 (1227 words) Published: May 5, 2013
Claim: Can we have knowledge independent of our culture?
Counterclaim: All knowledge is based on our culture, without culture there is no knowledge. Culture is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. Since we come into the world, we become part of a culture. Our parents and guardians slowly push us into it, they teach us about values, traditions, religion and everything else that can be called culture. We first attain culture by our guardians as we are too young to understand anything when we are born and our development as human beings can be determined by culture. However, it is not known whether our opinions are driven by our culture or we are responsible for them.

Culture can affect how we see migration. Depending on the culture in which we are brought up, we can have different views on migration. For example, taking the Australian Aborigines which have a nomadic culture, a nomadic culture is when a tribe migrates from place to place, without settling permanently. This is one of the ways in which culture has an effect on our knowledge, through emotion comes culture as you need to care about the culture to practice it, even more when someone has had that lifestyle since birth. On the other hand, culture does not fully depend on migration, as most of the time migration happens because of social factors. Taking El Salvador as an example, El Salvador, an LEDC that has a main export of coffee, has a net migration of -8.78, this means that 8.78 people per thousands per year are leaving the country with different destinations. El Salvador's emigration had been decreasing in the last decade until 2009 where the minimum emigration peaked, after this year, when everything seemed to be in the increase, a significant gap took place, taking a -3.27 from 2009 to a -9.13, the lowest value recorded for emigration, and then slowly recovering. El Salvador has many...
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