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What is Culture?. Why must we understand culture?. WHO has culture?. To avoid misunderstandings from a lack of knowledge Example : Eleanor who moves here from Hong Kong Everyone is born into a culture Its inherited by parents/grandparents It shapes our lives

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What is culture

What is Culture?

Created by C. Amaya


Why must we understand culture

Why must we understand culture?

WHO has culture?

  • To avoid misunderstandings from a lack of knowledge

    • Example: Eleanor who moves here from Hong Kong

  • Everyone is born into a culture

    • Its inherited by parents/grandparents

    • It shapes our lives

  • To avoid being ethnocentric; stopping the label of the “ugly American”

    Ethnocentrism – means to judge other cultures negatively & narrow-mindedly

    • We need to avoid this if possible


Elements of culture

Elements of Culture

Which family structure term

would be used to

describe everyone, including:

your parents, siblings,

grandparents, cousins,

Aunts/uncles, friends, etc…

  • Social Organization

    • Family structure

      • Nuclear family

      • Extended family

    • Social classes

      • Born into your class in the past

      • Today, there is more opportunity for social mobility

  • Customs and Traditions

    • Rules of behavior

  • Language is the cornerstone of culture

    • Identity, expression


Religion

Religion

Why has religion

been the cause

of so many wars?

  • Cultures usually share religious beliefs.

  • Religion helps people answer basic questions about the meaning and purpose of life.

    • Also supports the values a group of people consider important.

  • History has played a central role in shaping the religion of a society


Religious diversity

Monotheism

Worship of one god

Polytheism

Worship of more than one god.

Religion spreads…

Religious differences still cause major problems around the world today.

List of major religions:

Hinduism

Christianity

Islam

Buddhism

Judaism

Religious diversity


Forms of government

Why are they formed?

Government:

people or person who holds power in a society

society’s laws and political institutions

Who organizes governments?

Types of government:

Democracy – a government where the power rests in the hands of the people. Govt. can act only with their consent.

Autocracy - ruler or small group of rulers who hold unlimited power. Usually rule by force.

Note: There are more specific types of government within these 2 categories

Forms of government


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