April 15, 2011English Advanced 1
A Global Analysis of Culture
Most social scientists today view culture as consisting primarily of the symbolic, ideational, and intangible aspects of human societies. Theessence of a culture is not its artifacts, tools, or other tangible cultural elements but how the members of the group interpret, use, and perceive them. It is the values, symbols, interpretations, andperspectives that distinguish one people from another in modernized societies; it is not material objects and other tangible aspects of human societies. People within a culture usually interpret themeaning of symbols, artifacts, and behaviors in the same or in similar ways.
Culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another.A culture is a configuration of learned behaviors and results of behavior whose component elements are shared and transmitted by the members of a particular society.
Thecharacteristics that we use to identify, compare, and contrast cultures throughout time. These are customs and practices found in every culture, to varying degrees, worldwide. The only difference is thateach culture expresses each custom or practice quite differently.
Basic Needs: All cultures need to meet the basic needs for survival: food, shelter, and clothing.
Geographic Location: What they useto meet their needs will be based on the region where they are located.
Tools & Technology: To utilize their environment, tools are invented to assist and improve life.
Communication & Education:All cultures develop ways to communicate in order to pass on valuable information.
Family Structures: All cultures develop a family or kinship organization.
Belief in the Unknown: Cultures create...