Danger of a single story

Dangerof a single story

Dangerof a Single Story

Thevideo is about a young Nigerian girl named Chimamanda, who discussesthe danger of a single story. She starts by informing the audiencethat she began reading British and American children books at the ageof four. By the time she was seven years old, she began to writestories based on character she read on the American and Britishchildren books despite the fact that she had lived entirely inAfrica, a consequence brought about by reading stories with foreigncharacters only.

Thevideo explains the various challenge people face when they base theirperception on a single story. According to Erikson’s theory ofidentity and psychosocial development, in which he explored the threeaspect of identity that included self identity, personal identity,and social/ cultural identity, he analyzed the impact of parenting,external factors, and society on personality development from earlychildhood to adulthood (Patton etal., 2016).This is well portrayed in the video when the narrator bases hisperception of Mexican based on the information conveyed by the USImmigration department. It is also well portrayed when the narratorChimamanda, joins the university, where her roommate was an American,who failed to understand how she was able to speak so fluently yetshe was from Africa.

Thevideo is relevant for social work practice, in that it is concernedin improving the perception of people, communities and nations atlarge to have different stories that will enable them view matters atdifferent angle. The video helps people develop various skills, andalso enable people view thing with a different perception. The videorelates to Bandura’s social learning theory that posits that peopletend to learn from each other through observation, modeling, andimitation (Cherry, 2013).


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Patton,L. D., Renn, K. A., Guido, F. M., Quaye, S. J., Evans, N. J., &ampForney, D. S. (2016).&nbspStudentdevelopment in college: Theory, research, and practice.John Wiley &amp Sons.