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Deep Structures of Culture

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Accompanies a lecture in Intercultural Communication at Montana Tech.

Accompanies a lecture in Intercultural Communication at Montana Tech.

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  • 1. Deep Structure of Culture Roots of Reality History and The Family
  • 2. Deep Structure
    • The key to why a culture views the world as it does can be found in that culture’s “deep structuring.”
    • At the core of any culture’s deep structure are its social organizations aka social institutions.
  • 3. Most enduring social organizations
    • Family
    • History (Community)
    • Religion (Worldview) – next lecture
    • These work in concert to define, create, transmit, reinforce basis and crucial elements of culture.
  • 4. Family
    • Globalization has had a major impact on traditional family structure all through the world.
    • Families perform a series of key functions in all cultures. These functions include teaching members of the culture about economics, socialization, values and religion, individualism and collectivism, social skills.
  • 5. Family
    • “ A group of intimates” who generate a sense of home and group identity, complete with strong ties of loyalty and emotion.
    • This definition is broad enough to include same-sex marriages, single parents, unwed mothers, even polygamists.
  • 6. History
    • History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time, it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, brings us knowledge of antiquity.
    • A culture’s history affects individual perception and behaviour and how people relate to another culture.
  • 7. A couple of things to think about:
    • How has your family influences your cultural identity?
    • How can the different historical legacies of the United States and the Islamic world promote conflict?
    • How might globalization affect the family?

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