Characteristics of culture


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  • The members of a culture share a set of "ideals, values, and standards of behavior," and this set of shared ideals is  what give meaning to their lives, and what  bonds  them together as a culture.
  • Culture is not genetically acquired. Children begin learning about their culture at home with their immediate family and how they interact with each other, how they dress, and the rituals they perform. When the children are older and venture out into the community, their cultural education is advanced by watching social interactions, taking part in cultural activities and rituals in the community, and forming their own  relationships  and taking their place in the culture.
  • In order for the culture to be transmitted successfully from one person to the next, and from one generation to the next, a system of symbols needs to be created that translates the ideals of the culture to its members. This is accomplished through language, art, religion, and money.
  • Elements or traits that make up culture are mostly adjusted to or consistent with one another. Sources:
  • Characteristics of culture

    1. 1. Characteristics of Culture
    2. 2. Culture is shared People living together in a society share culture. For example, almost all people living in the Philippines share the Filipino language, dress in similar styles, eat many of the same foods, and celebrate many of the same holidays. Characteristics of Culture
    3. 3. Culture is learned People are not born with culture; they have to learn it.  In all human societies, children learn culture from adults. Anthropologists call this process enculturation,  or cultural transmission. Characteristics of Culture
    4. 4. Culture is symbolic People have culture primarily because they can communicate with and understand symbols. Symbols allow people to develop complex thoughts and to exchange those thoughts with others. Language and other forms of symbolic communication enable people to create, explain, and record new ideas and information. Characteristics of Culture
    5. 5. Culture is integrated In order to keep the culture functioning, all aspects of the culture must be integrated. For example the language must be able to describe all the functions within the culture in order for ideas and ideals to be transmitted from one person to another. Characteristics of Culture
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