Culture Clash: Indigineous Aboriginals Essay

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Culture refers to the knowledge, belief, art, morals, customs and any other capabilities acquired by man as a member of society. Therefore culture clash results when people have different values and beliefs and are not tolerant of each other’s differences (Eckermann, Dowd, Chong, Nixon, Gray and Johnson, 2006.). Due to misunderstandings and differences, the superior group usually tries to violently enforce its values and beliefs to the inferior group and it results in culture conflict. In addition, when an individual or a group becomes foreign, there is a sudden need to adapt to the indigenous behaviours and this causes stress as well as culture shock.
An example of cultural clash is that unlike some people, Indigineous Aboriginals treat men’s illness as a private matter, therefore ill men delay seek of treatment and will sometimes prolong cure causing the disease’s condition to worsen (Eckermann et al, 2006.).This applies to Jacob who eventually visited a doctor after prolonged abdominal pains and told the doctor that he had been embarrassed to seek help or medical treatment since it was “men business”. Again, Jacob asked for male nurse assistance since he was uncomfortable with a female paramedic who kept looking at his abdomen, smiled at him and called him “love” which seemed unacceptable him.
Indigenous Dispossession
Germov, (2009) states that although Australian Aboriginal people had different cultures and languages long ago, they had similar social and emotional commitment and value of their land. They were nomads who lived on hunting and gathering and also migrated seasonally. They were also governed by rules of the land which they obeyed. When the Europeans colonised the Aborigions in about 1788, they totally enforced their own beliefs and values and did not adapt to the Indigenous life style of hunting and gathering. The Europeans practised ethnocentrism, meaning they perceived and interpreted the Aboriginal lifestyle as land wasting ,passive, uncivilised and unoccupied unlike agriculture practice people. They called it “Terra nullius” meaning empty land (Germov, 2009). By doing so, they also forced the Aboriginal people to settle in particular land regions, the Aboriginals were subjected to violence and their land forcibly occupied.
Contemporary Health Issues Today
Eckermann et al (2006) states that prior to the Second World War, Aboriginals received little or no attention to their health. However, little changes were made because of Australian soldiers who feared for their health and other contagious infections during work with the Aborigions. Therefore Aboriginal poor health is not just a current issue but a long term problem.
In addition, Germov (2009.) explains that due to social and economic changes since colonisation, prejudice, discrimination and racism resulted against Indigenous people. They are poor and are unable to afford the best healthcare services. This is because, like the circle of poverty describes, these...

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