Where to invade next by Michael Moore

Your task:
Watch “Where to invade next” and read chapter 3 (Culture). Also review material regarding chapter 3 posted
on CANVAS. Your task is to analyze this documentary and write a short essay. Use the concepts presented in
chapter 3 to write this paper. Please make sure that the following prompts are addressed in your paper.
1.Michael Moore visits nine countries. In each country he picks up one value to examine difference between
American society and the country he was visiting. For example, in Norway, prison system was based on the
value of “rehabilitation” (not revenge). This value guides every aspect of incarceration. Your task is to examine
TWO countries and explain the underlying value examined in the countries you have picked.
For the two countries you have selected compare and discuss how things are done in these countries as
compared to America. First define the concept of “value” and clearly discuss how these values are different as
compared to America.
3.Give examples of the following concepts (you can use any country visited in the documentary)
a.Material culture and non-material culture (give definitions and examples of these concepts)
b.Symbols (give definition and example of this concept)
c. Formal and informal norms (give definitions and examples of this concept
4. If you were to bring one “value” from the “invaded” country back to the US, what will it be? Explain why you
will bring it back?
5. Conclude the analysis by using the concept of “cultural relativism” – is it fair for Michael Moore to judge
American society by standards of other culture?



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