I think Mean making was evident in many of the final weeks. It was evident in Week 4 where we discussed the system of relationships in the readings that discussed the differences in the definition of kinship due to cultural differences. The principals and regulations that surround different relationships is often contingent on your background which this week highlighted. I think the bit about what life would be like without women and the variances in people’s definition of gender identity. I think each culture and community defines both of those differently and each has their own values. Mean making was also evident in Week 5 where the topic was making a living and a life. This detailed the different types of interactions between varying groups in a community with varying classes and cultures. Each culture had their own opinion on the regulations of production, distribution and consumption. In essence, they added their own meaning and definition to it and that is what they abided by. In week 6 the class focused on globalization and the interconnected world. The topic focused on how a lot of cultures are becoming intertwined due to the globalization of the economy. With this week in relation to mean making it makes me think of how the United States operates. America is composed of a lot of different types of people and culture, which means “American culture” reflects that as well. As a country we have somewhat redefined ourselves to be more inclusive and encompass a lot of different rituals and morals from a lot of different cultures. This lends itself to the description of a “melting pot” that many people give the United States. Overall, I think we have done a good job of honoring a lot of different people in American culture and created our own meaning of what it means to be a community.