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Concepts of Culture Cultural Traits - a single attribute of a culture
Folk Culture Traditional ways of lifeOften celebrated as part of a national or ethnic heritage Usually only still followed in more isolated rural community
Pop Culture Pop culture is spread by the media Global uniformity TVMovies internet Global uniformity
Cultural Regions and RealmsAnglo America Latin America Europe Russia & former Soviet Union Middle - East Sub-Saharan Africa South Asia Southeast Asia East Asia Oceania
Anglo-America US & Canada British origins Immigrant traditionsSimilar economic development Skylines of concrete and steel
Latin America Mexico and Central America The Caribbean South AmericaMost of the region shares a language and a religion Spanish colonial period creates similarities
Europe West & North Eastern Europe Mediterranean European UnionMore developed Eastern Europe Transition & tension Mediterranean Tradition v. industry European Union Christian tradition
Russia and Eastern EuropeDifferent orientation than the rest of Europe Multi-national societies Struggles with Russian dominance Ukraine, Caucasus
Middle East SW Asia, North Africa, Cent. Asia Arid ClimatesOil production region Tension between religious groups Battle between modern & traditonal
Sub-Saharan Africa Dominated by tropical climatesPoaching v. Preservation Borders set by European countries Tribe v. Country A mix of traditional and colonial Struggles for development
South Asia Traditionally dominated by Indian cultural ideasBirthplace of religions Religious and ethnic differences cause tension
East Asia Generally modern high-tech economiesHearth of cultures (Eastern philosophies) Lots of tension because of historical Chinese dominance
Southeast Asia Peninsulas and archipelagos Mainland is mostly BuddhistIslands are mostly Islamic Hindu and Christian pockets
Oceania Australia New Zealand Pacific Islands Micronesia MelanesiaPolynesia
Elements of Culture Language Religion Social Groupings GenderTraditions of Government Economic Activities
Language A common language is a unifying factorLanguage families are made up of languages with similar roots
Religion Religion helps provide a sense of identityReligion influences the arts and architecture
Major World Religons Christianity Islam Hinduism Buddhism Judaism
Religion Universalizing Religions – can appeal to anyoneChristianity Islam Buddhism Ethnic Religions – generally only for those born into it Hinduism Judaism
Social Groupings Culture can be based on socio- economic statusCulture is also based on ethnicity
Gender Gender roles vary from culture to cultureGendered space makes for different realities within cultures
Traditions of GovernmentThe traditions of government in a country help define cultural traditions democracy dictatorship
Economic Activities The activities the national economy is based on will impact culture. More developed countries usually abandon traditional ways of life
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