Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
Culture is an incredibly flexible concept. It can refer to common values, habits, or traditions, but it can also be a group of people. When culture refers to a group of people, it could be a group of more than a million individuals, or less than fifty. For example, there exists an American culture, but within the American culture there exists a Texan culture. In the Texan culture, there is a big difference between the Houston culture and the Austin culture. And so we could go on, dividing into smaller and smaller subgroups.
Given the complexity of the first term in this resolution, it is already obvious that debaters need to be rock solid in their understanding of this debate. But our discussion becomes even more intricate when we consider how individuals move between cultures. Any person will routinely identify with many different cultures depending on their physical situation, personal beliefs, and even their moods. Given this constant shift of personal identity, discussions involving culture can often become incorporeal, where mangled philosophies are thrown around on a whim. The purpose of this article is to prepare you to use the terms of this resolution and the philosophies behind this topic effectively and responsibly.
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Dominique Alisa Stringer competed in speech and debate for six years. She now studies Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College, where she has put her forensic skills to use in presentations, class discussions, and entrepreneurial pitch competitions. During her time as a competitor, Alisa’s favorite events were Mars Hill, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.