Cultural Differences And Symbolic Interpretation Thesis

Length: 2 pages Sources: 2 Subject: Drama - World Type: Thesis Paper: #62559226 Related Topics: Russian Culture, Nazi Germany, Russia, Hinduism
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In Russia, any display of the swastika would generate a hostile response, just as it does in virtually all other Western cultures and societies simply because of the social context in which it was first introduced in the 20th century.

The Swastika in Buddhist and Hindu Social Culture:

Prior to the 20th century, the swastika was used in various ancient and medieval societies in a manner that had no relation to its subsequent revival and adoption by the Nazis many centuries later (Macionis, 2003). In some respects, it was adopted many different times as a fairly common symbol in so many different societies mainly because of its geometric simplicity and its symmetry. In many Far Eastern societies, particularly among Buddhists and Hindus, the swastika is a symbol that has...


In all likelihood, but for the adoption of the swastika as the symbol of Nazism in the early 20th century, it would still have as benign a response in Russia and in the West as it does in the Far East simply because it is social learning and context that are exclusively responsible for the negativity associated with it.


Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, R. (2007). Psychology and Life. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Macionis, J.J. (2003). Sociology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Myers, D.G., Spencer, S.J. (2004).…

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Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, R. (2007). Psychology and Life. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Macionis, J.J. (2003). Sociology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Myers, D.G., Spencer, S.J. (2004). Social Psychology. Toronto, Canada: McGraw-Hill.

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