An autoethnography is a research and writing approach that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience so as to understand cultural experience of an individual from a given culture (Ellis, 2004). The approach poses a challenge to conventional ways of conducting research and representing others and treats research as a socially just, political and socially-conscious act. Tenets of ethnography and autobiography are used by the researcher to conduct and write the autoethnography meaning that the method is both a product and a process. It is a promising and intriguing qualitative method that offers a gives a way of giving voice to personal experience for the purpose of extending sociological understanding (Ellis, 2004). In this paper I shall discuss the autoethnography of the Caucasians in America.
The term Caucasian is commonly used to people whose roots can be traced back to North Africa, Europe, South Asia, West Asia and some parts of Central Asia. It was considered a useful taxonomical categorization of human racial groups according to a presumed geographic and linguistic origin. In the U.S, it is used as a distinction based on the color of skin alone for a group commonly referred to as Whites as defined by the American government and Census Bureau (Slapin, 2013). The term originates from measurements in craniology from the 19th century and its name stems from the region of the Caucasus Mountains, itself imagined to be the location from which the son of Noah, Japheth, the traditional ancestor of the Europeans established his tribe prior to its migration into Europe.
Education is highly regarded...
in the Caucasian households with children being expected to do their best throughout their school careers and continue their education in college. Consequently good academic performance is highly encouraged and good performers are rewarded to motivate them to perform better. Many Caucasians’ believe that children should be disciplined if the child does something wrong according to that particular family’s standards with spanking being both acceptable and rejected in the Caucasian culture. The Caucasians belief that children should behave in a certain way, contrary to which warrants reprimanding from the parents or members of the society (Slapin, 2013). While thinking of an ideal Caucasian family, “The cleaver’s” pop into mind which is a misconstrued perception since many Caucasian children come from single-parent homes with the roles of wife and husband reversed and with many households having more than two children.
An ideal Caucasian family comprises of a husband, wife and the children each of the members with clearly stipulated roles and responsibilities. In a typical Caucasian family, the husband is the head of the household and is the dominant one being the provider of the family. The wife assumes the role of being the care-taker of the family. The husband and the wife respect the role of each other and comprehend the responsibilities of each other in the family. The Caucasians average two children per family and the children are raised to hold the same family values as their parents. The Caucasians have a high regard for their families and often gather together on birthdays and during major holidays such as
Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Caucasians are known to have a strong ethics at work which they adhere to the latter; however men and women in their twenties have been shown by research to enjoy leisure time engaging in pleasurable activities than having a stable career (Slapin, 2013). It is however assumed that men are supposed to bring home the larger pay check with women holding that right too.
The Caucasians believe that work is important and work hard to provide for their families. However, most Caucasians have successful jobs with the advanced position depending on the age and experience of a person. Majority of the Caucasians are business owners and prove the ethics of their work by the prosperity of their business. Views based on race assume that children of Caucasian origin cause less trouble than children belonging to other races. The racial based views suggest that children of other races are more likely to engage in indiscipline than children of Caucasian origin. However data collected on school discipline from the Department of Education depicts a different picture. It shows that children of Caucasian origin have the highest percentages of in-school and out-of school suspensions and expulsions compared to children of other origins. Christianity is the largest religion in the United States. Statistics show that Caucasians comprise the largest race in the U.S hence one can assume that most Caucasians practice Christianity (Slapin, 2013). The church is a priority among the Caucasians and religious beliefs are practiced according to each denomination’s beliefs and the Bible holds the guidelines by which Caucasians live their day to day lives. Lifestyles and everyday decisions are based on religious beliefs.
The Caucasians use the English language to communicate. From a study on self-assessments, they believe that they communicate well with other people and are comfortable communicating. The Caucasian children are majority in classrooms but are minority in some areas with language not a challenge in the classroom. Children from low socio-economic class are not equipped with school supplies hence receive similar support to that given to children from other races (Slapin, 2013). Most Caucasians parents encourage their children to obtain a college degree.
My background has influenced how I view myself and other people. It has taught me the virtue of respect for self and other people. I have learnt to carry myself with a lot of dignity and to value other people since they are also human beings like me who deserve a lot of respect too. I have also learnt to value humanity and treat patients with the respect they deserve. My life experiences have also contributed greatly in shaping my character. Ranging from the experience of assisting a mother to deliver to seeing a patient sustain life, I have learnt a lot especially on the value of human life and the need to preserve it at all times. I therefore treat patients with kindness acknowledging how delicate and valuable human life is. My religious beliefs have taught me that God is the sole creator of all, and that He created all human beings in His own image and likeness (Slapin, 2013). This has made