Mr. Burton4.1 Notes Please Grab:1. Your folder.2. Writing Utensil.3. Answer the following question: What is culture?
What is culture? • The set of beliefs, values, and practices that a group of people has in common • Includes many aspects of life, such as language and religion, that we may share with people around us • Each is unique • An activity or behavior in which people often take part, such as language spoken or sports played • Can be shared by people around the world • Can change from place to place
How is culture developed? • Culture traits are often learned or passed down from one generation to the next. • Within families as traditions, foods, or holiday customs • Laws and moral codes within societies • Cultures develop as people learn new culture traits. • Immigrants who move to a new country • Other factors, such as history and environment, also affect how cultures develop.
Different cultures • A culture region is an area in which people have many shared culture traits, such as religious beliefs, language, or lifestyle. • A single culture region can dominate an entire country. • A single country may include more than one culture region within its borders. • A culture region may stretch across country borders. • Often, culture regions are based on ethnic groups—groups of people who share a common culture and ancestry. • Cultural diversity is the state of having a variety of cultures in the same area. • Creates an interesting mix of ideas, behaviors, and practices • Can sometimes lead to conflict
Patterns in population • Population density—a measure of the number of people living in an area • High population density areas • Land more expensive • Roads crowded • Buildings taller • Low population density areas • More open spaces • Less traffic • More available land • When an area is thinly populated, it is often because the land does not provide a very good life. • Rugged mountains • Harsh deserts • Polar regions • Areas with denser populations tend to be regions with fertile soil, reliable sources of water, and a good agricultural climate.
Culture Assignment • Mr. Burton’s culture project.