Title

Cultural Models of Democracy Among Burmese Residents in the United States

Author ORCID Identifier

John Hood:https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9500-8296

Publication Title

Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science

E-ISSN

25201018

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This study examines implicit assumptions about democracy among Burmese residents interviewed in the Midwestern United States. A major focus of the research is the durability of foundational cultural models—basic, simple, widely-shared modes of thought that may or may not change over time—measured in this study through length-of-residency. As such, I examined three distinct sample groups: temporary residents, immigrants, and adult offspring of immigrants. This research comprised methods of ethnography, semi-structured interviews, as well as a free-listing memory task. A key point of inquiry is intracultural variation occurring between sample groups. Particular attention was paid to heterogeneous discourses from opinion communities, and the inner conflict that such discourses can generate within the mind. The findings indicate that cultural models may change over the course of the diasporic experience, with opinion communities playing a key role in conceptualizations of democracy.

First Page

107

Last Page

122

Publication Date

4-1-2020

DOI

10.1007/s41809-019-00033-5

Keywords

Burma, Cognitive anthropology, Cultural model, Democracy, Migration, Myanmar, Southeast Asia

Department

Department of Anthropology

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