Deep Structures of Culture

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Deep Structures of Culture

  1. 1. Deep Structure of Culture Roots of Reality History and The Family
  2. 2. Deep Structure <ul><li>The key to why a culture views the world as it does can be found in that culture’s “deep structuring.” </li></ul><ul><li>At the core of any culture’s deep structure are its social organizations aka social institutions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Most enduring social organizations <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>History (Community) </li></ul><ul><li>Religion (Worldview) – next lecture </li></ul><ul><li>These work in concert to define, create, transmit, reinforce basis and crucial elements of culture. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Family <ul><li>Globalization has had a major impact on traditional family structure all through the world. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Family <ul><li>“ A group of intimates” who generate a sense of home and group identity, complete with strong ties of loyalty and emotion. </li></ul><ul><li>This definition is broad enough to include same-sex marriages, single parents, unwed mothers, even polygamists. </li></ul>
  6. 6. History <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>A culture’s history affects individual perception and behaviour and how people relate to another culture. </li></ul>
  7. 7. A couple of things to think about: <ul><li>How has your family influences your cultural identity? </li></ul><ul><li>How can the different historical legacies of the United States and the Islamic world promote conflict? </li></ul><ul><li>How might globalization affect the family? </li></ul>

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