Essay on Culture, Cultural, And Social Construction

1463 Words Oct 31st, 2016 6 Pages
I. Culture
Culture, as explained in the textbook, is “The language, beliefs, values, norms, and even material objects that characterize a group and are passed from one generation to the next.” The definition sounds good, but what does it even mean? Culture is a word so broad that it is broken up into groups to better understand it. The material culture consists of characteristics of a culture that can be visualized; examples include jewelry, architecture, clothing, and inventions. Nonmaterial culture consists of characteristics of a culture that cannot be seen from the outside looking in. A cultures language, ethics, and social construction are all features of nonmaterial culture. A culture symbolizes a way of life. What makes humans so unique and such a profound species is the diversity among one another. Two giraffes from different parts of the planet may share the same lifestyle: eat from tree’s, wonder the landscape, and reproduce; but two humans from different parts of the planet will live vastly different lives. The two humans will grow up living under a different set of rules, conceivably a different religion, and may also speak in a entirely different way. Cultures have obvious positives and negatives. Being involved in a similar culture has allowed humans to evolve in an unfathomable way in such a short period of time. Relating to others in community brings happiness to people while also giving a sense of meaning or purpose to an individual. Unfortunately,…

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