The way of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs.
Language Religion Daily lives History Art Government Economic activities
Ethnic group – people who share a common language, history, place of origin, or a combination of these elements. (Example – Hispanics) Culture region – an area that includes many different countries that have certain traits in common. (Example – Latin America) Cultural diffusion/convergence – the process of spreading new knowledge and skills from one culture to another. (Example – the exchange of culture between Juárez and El Paso) Cultural divergence – when a culture is restricted from outside influences (Example – The Amish) Culture hearths – early centers of civilization whose ideas and practices spread to surrounding areas. (Example – Egypt)
What race are you? Almost everyone in this classroom is considered white. Hispanic is not a race! It is an __________________. Hispanic cannot be a race because you can be any color and be Hispanic. Sammy Sosa is black, but he is Hispanic because he comes from a Spanish-speaking country (Cuba). Mexican is not a race! It is a ____________________. If you asked Mrs. Seeburg what race she was and she said American, you would think that was weird. American is her nationality because that’s where she was born. So you can’t say you’re Mexican if people ask for your race. That’s your nationality, but only if you were actually born in Mexico. Otherwise, you are Mexican-American.
One of the strongest unifying forces for a culture Differences within a language – dialect Language families – large groups of languages having similar roots
Creates a sense of identity Influences your daily life Holidays and festivals Major world religions include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism, Animism and Sikhism
Government Autocracy Oligarchy Democracy Subsistence Market Command Economic Systems