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What is Culture?
itsallaboutculture.com
Professor Alana L. Jolley
What is Culture?

It is the whole set of ideas that we
learn and share with others in our
everyday life.
What is Culture?

Culture is all the learned values, rules
and perceptions, which informs us
what is appropriate behavior...
What is Culture?
• We are symbolic creatures;
and culture is symbolic.
Culture is Dynamic
• Culture can change when necessary.
Why do we need culture?

• Culture helps us to make
sense of our world.
Why Do We Need Culture?
• Culture provides us a way to survive, and
thrive, as soon as we arrive.
Are Some Cultures Better?

No culture is better than another. Culture
functions as an integrated whole. Everyone lives
th...
Culture is Integrative
How do we “get” culture?

• We learn it at home, school, or church;
from our siblings, our playmates, our
peers, and from ...
We “get” culture
through Enculturation
Culture is passed down to us from one
generation to another.
Characteristics Of Culture
•
•
•
•
•
•

Culture is learned.
Culture is shared.
Culture is symbolic.
Culture is integrative...
Cultural Education
online
• Learn about:
– Global Villages
– Diversity (not just outward appearances)
– Culture and Food
–...
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What is culture?

  1. 1. What is Culture? itsallaboutculture.com Professor Alana L. Jolley
  2. 2. What is Culture? It is the whole set of ideas that we learn and share with others in our everyday life.
  3. 3. What is Culture? Culture is all the learned values, rules and perceptions, which informs us what is appropriate behavior.
  4. 4. What is Culture? • We are symbolic creatures; and culture is symbolic.
  5. 5. Culture is Dynamic • Culture can change when necessary.
  6. 6. Why do we need culture? • Culture helps us to make sense of our world.
  7. 7. Why Do We Need Culture? • Culture provides us a way to survive, and thrive, as soon as we arrive.
  8. 8. Are Some Cultures Better? No culture is better than another. Culture functions as an integrated whole. Everyone lives their culture, in their own way, in their own particular society.
  9. 9. Culture is Integrative
  10. 10. How do we “get” culture? • We learn it at home, school, or church; from our siblings, our playmates, our peers, and from many others. • Culture is not genetically inherited.
  11. 11. We “get” culture through Enculturation Culture is passed down to us from one generation to another.
  12. 12. Characteristics Of Culture • • • • • • Culture is learned. Culture is shared. Culture is symbolic. Culture is integrative. Culture is dynamic. Culture is passed on from generation to generation – enculturation.
  13. 13. Cultural Education online • Learn about: – Global Villages – Diversity (not just outward appearances) – Culture and Food – Culture and Autobiography – Art and Culture Join me online at itsallaboutculture.com

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