Cultural Family Background Flowchart from a Scots-Irish and German Perspective

Cultural Family Background Flowchart from a Scots-Irish and German



I. Scots-Irish


A.   Identify typical characteristics of those acculturated in these cultures, including typical cultural family patterns

          1. Following the “warrior cultures”

                                          a)                  Men – Warriors

                                                                (1)               Loss of this position connected with mental illness and suicide
                                                                (2)               Men still want to be the primary bread winner

                                           b)                  Women – workers

           2. Mixed expressions in of love and violence in a relationship

           3. Prenuptial pregnancy common (p.660)

           4. Wild sexual drunken parties common

           5. County music commonly loved

           6. Child rearing

                                            a) “Will enhancing” for male children (p.660)

                                            b) Permissive, indulgent, and over tolerant of violent behavior, including rage with male children

                                            c) Often violence between adult male children and father

            7. Burial rituals

                                            a) Touch and kiss deceased body “goodbye”

                                            b) Stories told at funeral of rival conflict

                                            c)  Common for enemies to participate in funeral ceremony

            8. Religion

                                             a) Originally Presbyterian

                                             b)  Average current religious affiliation is Baptist and Methodist

                                             c) Common to mix profanity and sacred

B.  Identify key generational patterns

             1. Sexuality

             2. Alcoholism

             3. Premarital pregnancies

             4. Violence and love mixed together

             5. Violent tempers (mostly male)

             6. Power struggle between fathers and sons

D. Historical or present experiences of racism or discrimination

             1. Historical Racism – African American

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II.   German


A.  Identify typical characteristics of those acculturated in these cultures, including typical cultural family patterns/ Religious and spiritual aspects of family history

              1. Depends on the time of immigration

              2. Wife

                                            a) Hard working

                                           b) No economic power

                                            c) Adopts man’s family and friends

                                            d) Adopts man’s S.E.S.

                                            e) Pride in a clean house, children, and husband

                                             f) Subservience (p.563)

                                             g) Responsibilities included: cook, seamstress, nurse, laundress, baker, teacher, cloth maker, and supervisor of the house (p. 563)

               3. Husband

                                             a) Self-controlled

                                             b) Reserved

                                             c) Strict

                                             d) Overwhelming and potentially destructive

                                             e) Corporal punishment administer

                                             f) Diligent worker

                                             g) Major provider and decision maker for the family

               4. Religion (original)

                                             a) Catholic Germans

                                                                   (1) English used at religious gatherings
                                                                   (2) More traditional oriented
                                                                   (3) Guided by church authorities

                                               b) Potestant Germans

                                                                   (1) German language used at religious gatherings
                                                                   (2) Emphasis individual responsibilities
                                                                   (3) Central family life especially among Mennonite and Amish

                                                 c) Jewish Germans

                                                                   (1) Holocaust late 1800’s
                                                                   (2) “Great War” 1914 – 1918
                                                                   (3) Twelve years of Nazism

B. Identify key generational patterns

                 1. Difficult due to no actual “German” originality (p.561)

                 2. Thrifty and frugal

                 3. Bettering themselves and family S.E.S.

                 4. Self-sacrificing to the point of emotional breakdown and destruction of personal goals for the good of the family

                 5. Loyal, reliable, hardworking, purpose driven,  trustworthy

                 6. “Geműtlichkeit” (geniality, comfort, and warmth)

                 7. Family life highly valued, first loyalties is the family

                 8. Live together peacefully

                 9. Rigid boundaries and complex social hierarchies (p. 561)

                 10. Privacy highly valued

C. Note similarities and differences between family of origin and cultural background

                1. Similarities

                                                  a) All identifying key generational patters were experienced

                2. Differences

                                                 a)  German Families are very fun loving, have a good time with everyone you meet. Changes could be due to not being involved with as strict religious groups.

                                                 b) Attention to detail is different per family. Not as strict with much of my family

D.  Historical or present experiences of racism or discrimination

                1. None found

                2.  Personal Experience (Amish and Old Order Mennonite)

                                                 a)  Do not involve outsiders in any personal relationships or family involvement

                                                 b)   Kind and considerate to outsiders but very caution




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