Friday, August 29, 2014

InterculturalCom: What is Culture? (U2-P1) Fa14

What is Culture?

A 19th century approach to culture:
  • cultured: a high state of Western civilization.

Over 200 definitions in the literature.

Culture is "the set of shared knowledge that influences a particular group of peoples' thoughts and behavior" (Hart).

So, if you had to define culture in one word, what would that word be?


So where is culture?

In our head, our brain?

How did it get there?

We learned it.  Culture is learned and itt is there between our ears.

As members of cultural groups, what knowledge do we learn?

Language, beliefs, values, history, rituals, etc.

Who teaches us the culture?

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