Cultural Profile Assignment

A cultural region profile should demonstrate an understanding of political and social developments of your regions, e.g., social and technology developments, revolutionary periods, and analysis of the causes and consequences of world conflicts. You will provide background and context for a discussion of “cultural imperialism.” 

Create a region profile of its assigned region, Sub-Saharan Africa. Each profile must include information from each of the five categories below. You can select from category 2, but you must include information to address categories 1, 3, 4, and 5. Be creative. You will decide what to include from category 2; select at least three characteristics from category 2. 

  • Category 1. Description of the populations, size, growth, distribution, and linkages to global issues. Be sure to use the statistics you learned about in chapter 5: birth rate, death rate, fertility rate, life expectancy, infant mortality, etc.
  • Category *2. Religion, language, economic systems, government, history, ethnic identity, physical landscape, folk culture, physical landscape, ethnic identity, cultural ecology, etc. Select at least three from this category.
  • Category 3. How people interact with their physical environment to create a distinctive region.
  • Category 4. Role of technology in development and in shaping cultural, economic, and political characteristics.
  • Category 5. Discuss the role of “cultural imperialism” in shaping culture in your region.

*You should select at least three characteristics from category 2 that most influence the identity of your assigned region.

  • Profile requirements:
    • Five to six pages of text (does not include any graphics)
    • Write in 3rd person
    • Use in-text citations
    • Typed, double spaced
    • Standard one-inch margin
    • Must include a bibliography (not included as one of the five to six pages)
    • In your profile, answer the following questions:
      • What is “culture”?
      • Why do you consider your region a “cultural realm”?
      • What difficulties or problems did you have in defining your cultural region?
      • Are there subregions in your cultural realm?
      • What role does “cultural imperialism” play in the formation of your cultural realm? Give specific examples of how your region is the legacy of European cultural imperialism

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