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    the normative ideas

    Korean 12 grade mock test -2020-9-21

    For a long time, tourism was seen as a huge monster invading the areas of indigenous peoples, introducing them to the evils of the modern world. However, research has shown that this is not the correct way to perceive it. In most places, tourists are welcome and indigenous people see tourism as a path to modernity and economic development. But such development is always a two-edged sword. Tourism can mean progress, but most often also means the loss of traditions and cultural uniqueness. And, of course, there are examples of ‘cultural pollution’, ‘vulgarization’ and ‘phony-folk-cultures’. The background for such characteristics is often more or less romantic and the normative ideas of a former or prevailing authenticity. Ideally (to some) there should exist ancient cultures for modern consumers to gaze at, or even step into for a while, while travelling or on holiday. This is a cage model that is difficult to defend in a global world where we all, indigenous or not, are part of the same social fabric.

    1 I don't understand this sentence, especially "romantic and the normative ideas"
    the background for such characteristics is often more or less romantic and the normative ideas of a former or prevailing authenticity.

    2. What does "cage model" mean?

    3. Does this mean that everyone belongs to the global world?
    where we all, indigenous or not, are part of the same social fabric.

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    Re: the normative ideas

    1. I guess normative ideas have to do with what is normal.

    2. I think cage model means on display as if in a cage.

    3. It's somebody's opinion that we are all members of the same (global) community.
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    Re: the normative ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    1. I guess normative ideas have to do with what is normal.

    2. I think cage model means on display as if in a cage.

    3. It's somebody's opinion that we are all members of the same (global) community.
    What does "such characteristics" mean? Does it refer to ‘cultural pollution’, ‘vulgarization’ and ‘phony-folk-cultures’?
    Why is also "romantic"?

    the background for such characteristics is often more or less romantic and the normative ideas of a former or prevailing authenticity.

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    Re: the normative ideas

    Although the words fall in that order, it doesn't really say "romantic and the normative ideas". It says the background for such characteristics may be more or less romantic; moreover, the normative ideas are also part of that background.
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    Re: the normative ideas

    In all my eight decades, this is the first time I've encountered 'normative' or 'cage model'.

    Like Tarheel, I'd fail this test, and feel very sorry for Korean 12th graders (what are they—18 years old?)

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    Re: the normative ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In all my eight decades, this is the first time I've encountered 'normative' or 'cage model'.

    Like Tarheel, I'd fail this test, and feel very sorry for Korean 12th graders (what are they—18 years old?)
    They are 18 years old, and I've heard that even native speakers find way too hard many questions of mock tests and Korean college entrance exam.

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    Re: the normative ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Although the words fall in that order, it doesn't really say "romantic and the normative ideas". It says the background for such characteristics may be more or less romantic; moreover, the normative ideas are also part of that background.
    I'm sorry I still don't get what you mean.

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    Re: the normative ideas

    The background for such characteristics is often more or less romantic and the normative ideas of a former or prevailing authenticity.

    1) This sentence is poorly constructed and poorly phrased. Look at it like this:

    The background for such characteristics is:

    a) often more or less less romantic
    b) the normative ideas of a former or prevailing authenticity

    2) For the sense of cage model, look at the preceding sentence. Think about the way that tourists look at caged animals in zoos.

    3) More or less, yes. Part of the same global culture.

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    Re: the normative ideas

    The phrase "more or less romantic" makes me wonder. "Wonder what?" you might ask. Wonder why anybody would write that. (That applies to a lot of the other stuff as well.)

    It's not everyday language. It's difficult reading. It seems like specialized gobbledygook. (Somebody in Korea wants to give those kids a hard time.)

    I can imagine a Korean teenager reading that and thinking, "If this is what English is like, forget it!
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