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What’s the Deal with Culture?. What is Culture? Culture is anything that shapes your daily life: what you do, how you do it, when you do it, and where.

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1 What’s the Deal with Culture?

2 What is Culture? Culture is anything that shapes your daily life: what you do, how you do it, when you do it, and where you do it. Culture: The behaviors, beliefs, arts, and products (things) shared and learned by a group of people.

3 Discuss values, beliefs, & attitudes that you have learned and share  What are things you respect and take care of?  What is something you believe to be true? (about yourself, your future, when someone dies?)  What is your attitude toward people who seem different? Traveling to far away places? Spending money on yourself? Giving gifts? Treating your enemies?

4 How did you learn this stuff?  What words or customs do you think of when you talk about your beliefs?  Who teaches you what to value and how you think of yourself and treat others? How do they teach you? (rules, examples, stories…?)

5 What Else?  Culture is learned. Process of learning one's culture is called enculturation.  Culture is shared by the members of a society. There is no "culture of one.”  Culture is patterned. People in a society live and think in ways that form definite patterns.  Culture is made up through a constant process of social interaction.  Culture is symbolic. Culture, language and thought are based on symbols and symbolic meanings.  Culture is random. Culture is not based on "natural laws" external to humans, but created by humans according to the "whims" of the society. Example: standards of beauty.  Culture is internalized. Culture is habitual. It is taken for granted, and it is perceived as "natural."

6 So What Can Be a Culture? Some Definitions  Culture can be considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population: Edwardian culture, Japanese culture, the culture of poverty.  Culture can be considered with respect to a particular category, such as a field, subject, or mode of expression: religious culture in the Middle Ages, musical culture, oral culture.  Culture can be the most common attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization: SGS culture, lacrosse team culture, troop culture.

7 What’s Cultural Identity? Your Cultural Identity is what shapes your culture depending on various groups you identify with: Family Order Place of Birth Handedness Parent/Non-Parent Majority/Minority Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian Alcoholism in the Family More … Race Ethnicity Religion Class Background Age Gender Sexual Orientation Ability

8 Race & Ethnicity: What’s the Difference?  Ethnicity refers to…  Shared cultural practices and perspectives that set apart one group from another  Shared culture (customs, values, stories, etc…)  Most common characteristics of various ethnic groups are:  Ancestry (who are your relatives?)  A sense of history (shared past experiences?)  Language  Religion  Forms of dress  Ethnic differences are learned, not inherited & can change for all people

9 Race & Ethnicity—What’s the Difference?  Race refers to…  Biological traits that society has decided are socially significant, meaning that people treat other people differently because of them. Skin color has been and is treated as socially significant.  Race doesn’t define a single culture  Race implies knowledge of racism and racial stereotypes  Doesn’t require the person to do anything to belong

10 So…?  We have shared cultural identities and not shared cultural identities.  We have some common things, and many uncommon things.  Understanding our own and others’ cultural identity helps understand differences in actions, values, and beliefs.  Understanding our own and others’ cultural identities helps us make friends and develop relationships across many differences.

11 Make a map of yourself that includes all your cultural identities.

12     My Map Book by Sarah Fanelli


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