Culture Is The Intersection Of People And Life Itself Essay

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Uncloaking Hidden Culture Wendell Pierce elucidated, “Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment… all of that is expressed in culture.” Culture is a term containing so much meaning and depth, and altogether is dear to countless people. However, with this depth, the act of defining culture is intricate and has surely fallen under debate determining what factors are essential in making a culture a culture. Some cultures we recognize instantly, such as the Latina or English community, but culture is hidden in places one would not think to look. One of these places where culture should be uncloaked is in the cancer community. In order to find culture in these depths, one must first be able to understand the extent of the term’s definition. The actual definition of culture has fallen under debate and has thence branched into various directions. Two of these branches resulting include the essentialist view and the multiculturalist view upon culture. In short, the essentialist view involves looking at separate cultures as a single, connected whole that has been formed from countless years of interaction while the multiculturalist view involves looking at separate cultures as independent entities. Another recent view developed by Allan Patten is the social lineage account. This account reflects the “positive claims of multiculturalist” (Patten 735) while not entirely disregarding the views of essentialist.…

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