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Culture - ... To understand the term “mass”, it is important to study Gustave Lebon. Although there have been many more recent theorists that have discussed the term “mass”; including Karl Max, John Stuart Mills and Mathew Arnold, Lebon’s theories on “mass” have pervaded disputes on the subject ever since. A quote specifically that is questioned today is his warning that “the age we are about to enter will in truth be the era of crowds” ([1895] 1916, p. 3), at a time when working class parties were more present and when western societies were dealing with the growth of industrialisation and mass migration to popular cities....   [tags: Sociology, High and Low Class Culture] 1229 words
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High Culture - ... Classical Marxism describes culture to be determined by ‘the construction of the material conditions of existence’ (Barker, 2009: 55) as illustrated in Marx’s base/superstructure model. The base comprises of the mode of production – the forces and relations of production. The forces of production include technology and machinery, whereas the relations of production include the social relations of groups involved in economic activity. ‘The mode of production of material life determines the general character of the social, political and spiritual processes of life’ (Marx, 1961: 67)....   [tags: Culture ]
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Culture Competence - ... Cultural competence takes in thought the patients beliefs and practices, not just the external views of a culture. In order to be competent as a health care professional, one must be able to deliver care accordingly for a patient’s culture. Not only, do they have to obtain the knowledge, abilities and skill to treat the patient effectively, but they must also choose their words carefully. Since cultures differ from patient to patient, one must accept that before they open his/her mouth. Every culture has a different way of speaking, not necessarily a different language, but a way of talking to one another....   [tags: Culture ]
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Egyptian Culture - ... The government, due to the limited fertile land, utilizes farming limitation and control. The windblown sand has reclaimed some of the fertilized land and required action to build a dam to regain some land back. Urbanization has taken over part of the fertilized land resulting in even less land to farm on. Because of pesticides and sewage, water pollution has become a problem. With concern of the ecological aspects of the country, the most important areas in Egypt are the fertile land around the Nile River, the dam, and along the Mediterranean coast as well as the oil fields found throughout the country....   [tags: Culture ]
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French Culture - The French are all about preserving their culture and being individualized. They often take great pride in the French products and the French style, and believe in keeping the French culture “pure” so they also limit the amount of foreign goods that are being imported. But during the World Wars the French began to allow foreigners to immigrate into France to take jobs due to an increase in job shortages. The immigration from the World Wars added to the diversity of the French culture. Ever since the 1850’s there has been a steady flow of immigration into France, and now nine percent of the French population is made up of immigrants (Gofen 62)....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Muslim Culture - ... Many women choose to follow their religion even when living outside of their country and at a certain age their girls are expected to follows also (Gulevich 190-208). Just like in Hindus, Muslims also use these beads which help with repetitive remembrance of God and meditation. The freedom or religious practice and faith are important to Muslims (Kadivar). Hinduism, Islam, Buddhists, and European Catholics have a similar way of remembering God and practicing meditation. Daily Life: In the daily life of a Muslim family the father is the income and the mother is the caretaker....   [tags: Culture ]
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Culture Clash - Culture Clash Culture refers to the knowledge, belief, art, morals, customs and any other capabilities acquired by man as a member of society. Therefore culture clash results when people have different values and beliefs and are not tolerant of each other’s differences (Eckermann, Dowd, Chong, Nixon, Gray and Johnson, 2006.). Due to misunderstandings and differences, the superior group usually tries to violently enforce its values and beliefs to the inferior group and it results in culture conflict....   [tags: Culture] 1720 words
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Balinese Culture - ... They are considered commoners as a whole, but among their caste, they have separate ranks dependent on their specific jobs or duties in the farming process. Balinese political structure is also largely shaped by ancestry and family lineage. If one’s ancestors were commoners, they, too, will be commoners. In contrast, if one’s ancestors were of the high-castes of Balinese society, they will belong to a high caste. However, specific lineage dictates whether that individual will belong to the Brahmana, Satria, or Wesia caste....   [tags: Culture ]
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Germany's Culture - ... They are an integral part of life in rural areas. Tradition and progress are closely linked in hardly any other economic sector. Almost every tenth gainfully employed person in Germany has work linked directly or indirectly with the agricultural, forest and fisheries sectors; approximately a fifth of them are employed in primary production ("Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection"). One major pinnacle of German culture is its festivals and celebrations. Oktoberfest is the largest festival worldwide lasting 16 days, attracting a multitude of visitors....   [tags: Culture ]
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American Culture - America has been known to be a successful and free country. Through popular music, art, film and literature, we can discern that American identity is defined as being based on freedoms within the country, helping others and treating everyone as equals. One means of experiencing American culture is, the movie, The Blind Side, shows what it means to be an American by telling a story of helping others and treating everyone as equals. The movie is about a seventeen year old African-American boy, named Michael Ohr, who is homeless and has drifted in and out of the school system for years....   [tags: Culture ]
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Canadian Culture vs American Culture - Although Canada and the United States share the same continent, they are divided by their unique ideas and views. After WWI ,Canada broke its ties with Britain and new independent nation was born with a unique culture. This new culture developed through the Canadian citizens. As a Canadian citizen, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie helped achieve autonomy from Britain and solidify national unity at home. Canadian inventor ,Fredrick Banting ,maintained his culture as Canadian and contributed to the world through his invention of insulin....   [tags: Culture ]
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Indian Culture - Religions. There are many religions that started in India. The two most well known religions are Hinduism and Buddhism. The other religions include Jainism and Sikhism, while Christianity and Islam are also practiced in India. The graph below shows the dispersion of religion in India14: Your browser may not support display of this image. The majority of people in India are Hindus as they make up 80.5% of the population, whereas Islam is in second with 13.4%. Hinduism is considered to be one of the oldest religions and the only major polytheistic religions that is currently being practice, making it unique compare to other major religions....   [tags: Culture] 1454 words
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Defining Deaf Culture - ... Because 90% of deaf children have hearing parents, many of them learn how to interact and communicate at their schools from their peers (Halpern). Storytelling differs to the deaf, they tell stories without analogy, so most of jokes and folklore are “funny in deaf, not in hearing”, and therefore make little sense (Edwards). Since the nineteenth century, when the deaf and hearing have married each other, their marriages have been looked down upon (Edwards). To those involved in the community, it is seen as a betrayal and weakening of the collectiveness (Edwards)....   [tags: Culture ]
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Trusting Culture on Knowledge Management - ... Further, the culture helps the employees to gain access to the organization newly created information. This helps knowledge management in receiving immediate feedback of the created information, and thus possible amendments that need to be enacted are therefore imposed. The culture gives the knowledge management managers a new perception that, they are learners, active mentors and efficient coaches as well, and this motivates them in their daily chores of knowledge management. In addition to this, the culture creates simplicity on how knowledge is acquired....   [tags: Culture ]
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A Discussion on the Culture of the Performer - ... In fact, all of the prophets of Israel were musicians (Leonard). Today, many Christian members of the culture of the performer have harnessed their talents to spread the good news of the Gospel. The use of these talents – such as art, music, dance, and drama – help non-Christians connect with the stories of Christ in new and personal way. Unfortunately, alternative religions often find a home in the culture of the performer. This fact, however, is not a recent development. As stated earlier, performance has typically involved the worship of a god or gods....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Many Faces of Culture - ... For example, if you see a man holding a stack of books heading towards the door, the norm would be to hold the door for him and by doing so you will receive a positive sanction. However, if the door is too far away and don’t bother to open to the door for the man, you will receive a negative sanction. There are different kinds of norms; folkways, mores, and laws. Folkways are norms that are not sternly enforced such as being courteous to elders. Mores are rules of behavior that if debased, it would jeopardize the stability of a society such as murdering a person....   [tags: Culture ]
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Popular Culture Artifacts - ... Who am I, and what is my role in this situation. How can I act so that what I do is appropriate to that role?” When actors lack the tools necessary to inform their agency, popular culture artifacts fill the void and aid in informing decisions as though they were lived experiences. Swidler asserts, “Culture influences action…by shaping a repertoire or ‘toolkit’ of habits, skills, and styles from which people construct strategies of action.” Swidler contends that in providing components used in constructing strategies of action, culture plays a powerful role in organizing social life and “may indeed be said to directly shape action.” That popular culture can provide the necessary components of informed decision-making or can serve as lived experience indicates that popular culture artifacts have agency in influencing human action....   [tags: Culture ]
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Music and the American Culture - ... I make it rain, I make it rain (Oh), Make it rain on them hoes”. This chorus is repeated multiple times throughout the entire song. This type of message and song does not fit in with the messages, goals, values and beliefs of the feminists movement and we see a clash between the music industry, specifically rap music, and the feminist movement before and after this song. Since the beginning of its art form rap music has been subject to scrutiny throughout its existence. In a Theresa Martinez reading from the semester, the author describes rap music as a resistance....   [tags: Culture ]
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Trusting Culture on Knowledge Management - ... For example, some organizations do tolerate some kid of failure while others do not condone failure at all. This failure is viewed as a major drawback to attaining the organizational goals. Thus learning culture introduces risks into the knowledge management. In a learning environment, many employees lack morale due to the competition that exists among them. This in turn does not promote sharing of the crucial information needed. The employee who are involved in the various circumstances of failure, are mostly secluded by the others....   [tags: Culture ]
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Individualism and Collectivism Culture Theories - Individualism and Collectivism are two accepted theories that are commonly used when dealing with one’s culture and political views. According to Kemmelmeier, H. M. and Coon, Individualism and Collectivism concepts has been used to “depict, clarify, and envision divergence in people’s opinion, behavior, principles, attribution, self perception, socialization, and communication.” Nonetheless, individualism and collectivism has shared some mutual views as well as incongruous stances on humanity, the disposition of human beings, the affiliation of society and the characteristics of people in the individualistic culture....   [tags: Culture ]
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A True Culture Shock - The United States is a continent with a diverse existing population today; this country is known as a melting pot of different cultures, each one unique in its own respect. Culture; differentiate one societal group from another by identification beliefs, behaviors, language, traditions, Art, fashion styles, food, religion, politics, and economic systems. Through lifelong and ever changing processes of learning, creativity, and sharing, culture shapes our patterns of behavior and thinking. A culture’s significance is so profound that it touches almost every aspect of who and what we are....   [tags: Culture] 865 words
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Shopping For American Culture - ... Another fault in Farrell’s reasoning is that one cannot buy an identity. While clothes and material objects can certainly create an identity of a sort, in today’s world of credit cards, expensive clothes do not necessarily indicate the wealth of a person. In the course of his article, Farrell promotes that the mall is the only source of American cultural information. “In short, malls help teach us the common sense of our culture. If we look closely at malls, we will soon be looking inside our own heads” (Farrell 251)....   [tags: Culture]
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Assimilating into American Culture - Immigration and assimilation is a divisive topic that has been heavily debated in America ever since we became a country. There are two stories that explore the assimilation issue from different viewpoints’; in Mary Pipher’s story; “The Beautiful Laughing Sisters – An Arrival Story”; provides the viewpoint of immigrants leaving a hostile home for America. Elizabeth Wong details her journey to break with her culture and become Americanized in, “The Struggle to be an all American girl.” and (McWhorter, 2010 pp522-529)....   [tags: Culture ] 1202 words
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The ‘60s: Culture and Music - ... The song’s depicted decade’s long struggles and racial brutality faced by blacks, and challenge society to change the status quo. Vincent Writes “Music that went beyond the personal issues, dealt with higher forces and spoke of the society.”(Vincent, 4) Outside the black community, white artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez played a prominent role in civil rights movement. They raised issue of civil inequality, while performing songs like: “The Times They Are a-Changin” and “We Shall Overcome” during the “March on Washington for Jobs and freedom”....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Hip Hop Culture - ... The graffiti artists started to sell their artwork at art galleries to bring in some money. The dancers moved from streets of New York to perform on TV. “Driven by the rising material culture craze and feeling empowered to attain the unattainable, many Hip Hop practitioners became agents of material desire flaunting the various symbol of social mobility: money, jewelry, cars, access to formal sex, and drugs, among other things (Price 71). Now the question is, is that what the artists most wanted or is it because of the untrue perceptions that are being created through media....   [tags: Culture ]
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Country vs. Culture - ... The Polanski case is a great example of how our government may decide cultural issues based on the case at hand instead of the law. Polanski, along with many others in these situations, was allowed the excuse of a behavior or mental disorder that caused the misunderstanding by the court. He knew his actions to be legal in his culture, even though here in the United States his actions were named as illegal and require serious punishment. In other cases, parents have been arrested and some put in jail for years for treating their sick children with old, cultural remedies that are not harmful, but are viewed as child abuse because of the obscurity of the actions....   [tags: Culture]
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Hip Hop Culture - ... Through DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa Hip-Hop culture became defined as Deejaying, Emceeing, Graffiti, and Break dancing. Partying is defined as going out to clubs also known as clubbing. The club goers attend clubs that play Hip-Hop music and are usually mostly African Americans between the ages of 18 and 30. Some clubs have restriction on age and are only 21 and up, in order to freely serve alcohol. The Deejay holds a very important role in making a party live or poppin (fun, packed, or upbeat)....   [tags: Culture ]
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American vs. Japanese Culture - Psychological anthropology is the study of individuals and their personalities and identities, within particular cultural contexts. In this paper I will identify two different cultures in the world which are the American and Japanese. Then, I will examine their traditions through various life cycles. Based on the behaviors, customs, and beliefs of each of the two cultures, I will discuss how personalities and identities are formed and shaped within the two different cultures. Finally, I will be giving two specific examples for each of the selected cultures....   [tags: Culture]
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A Name for Culture and Assimilation - ... She also believes that the name she was originally given, Jill Lord, reminded her of four hundred years of bitter history of slavery, culture, and politics between whites and blacks in America (Njeri, 50). When she left her old name behind, she also removed the bitter history of her ancestry together with the name. With her new name, no one can impose his or her cultural values on her. This new name contains the African heritage that she values, and she has confidence that she will successfully connect with her lost African culture via the legalization of African name....   [tags: Culture]
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Hegemony and Youth Culture - Hegemony is a concept that involves uses of power. It was created by Antonio Gramsci in order to understand the difference between dominant groups in society that have power and that use “intellectual and moral leadership” in an attempt to win over the less powerful submissive groups (Storey 8). In this way, hegemony will be demonstrated in youth culture. Willard states that the cultural authority of the dominant society must be questioned as to its legitimacy in the dominant role as the authority plays an important role in its production (739)....   [tags: Culture]
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Culture Conflict in Sudan - ... As a result, Sudanese has seen an increase in the corruption and oppression practiced in Khartoum. On the other hand, oil-rich Sudan is plagued with water scarcity and very minimal arable land. Unfortunately, Sudan’s string of ineffectual leaders with poor management skills and distribution policies of these limited precious resources have created mass poverty (World Savvy 2008). Sudan’s persistent poverty is both a cause and a consequence of instability and fans the flames of conflict (The Economist 1999).  Huntington meticulously details out historical poignant struggles between the West and Islam in his “Clash of the Civilizations” piece....   [tags: Culture ]
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Hip Hop Culture - Hip Hop culture has come from a inner city expression of life to a multi-billion dollar business. At the beginning of the new millennium it was the top selling genre in the pop charts. It had influences not only on music, but on fashion, film, television, and print. In 2004 Hip Hop celebrated its 30th year anniversary. It wasn’t big for the fact that it was still kicking. It was big because the once Black/Brown inner city culture had grown into a multi-billion dollar global phenomenon (Reeves). Hip Hop culture has provided a platform for all walks of life to speak their mind....   [tags: Culture ] 1827 words
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Perceptions of Bushmen Culture - ... Although they are commonly referred to as “Bushmen”, this is a generic name that does not take into account the many ethnic groups that exist under this umbrella. The word Bushmen itself has a negative connotation; meaning ‘orangutan’ in Malay, it can be considered a derogatory term not unlike ‘wetback’. Nineteenth and early twentieth century anthropologist have ascribed many of the names that are used to describe this group of people. The second most commonly used classificatory name is Khoisan....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Culture of Naming and Its Functions - ... 1). In addition, the westerners are known to have fewer problems borrowing some of their names from neighbouring communities and the only thing they do is change the pronunciation and way of writing so that it sounds totally different from the original one. In addition, the connection between two different names, like a child’s name and the family name, has led to the development of new names like Johnson, which is derived from John son of another person (Eickelman 2002, p. 53). A trend of preserving family names and surnames of persons from either the father’s or mother’s side is a common trend among many communities....   [tags: Culture ]
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Benefits of Japanese Culture - ... There is, however, one down side to drinking green tea and that is its caffeine content. Although there is lesser caffeine in green tea compared to black coffee, it might still cause difficulty in sleeping for some people; especially those who are more susceptible to the effects of caffeine. So instead of drinking it at night, why not have your healthy dose of antioxidants in the morning. That way, you start your day right and boost your body’s strength with an invigorating cup of green tea....   [tags: Culture ] 1616 words
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Afghanistan Food Culture - ... It is the ice breaker and follows the invitation to someone’s house. In the “Kite Runner”, Baba drank tea often and used it as a way to sit and talk with others. The tea of choice would be Afghan Black Tea with milk and cardamom spice. Cardamom is a very aromatic spice that is common in Middle Eastern cooking. Usually Afghan cuisines are full of strong aromas and flavors, with spices including saffron, cilantro, black pepper, coriander and cardamom. Naan is flat bread that is frequently served that is oven baked that is very versatile in use....   [tags: Culture ]
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Does Technology Affects Culture or Does Culture Affect Technology? - ... These technologies allow for “research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries…[to] be done in minutes” (Carr). Achieving as much as possible is part of the way of life of the typical student that tries hard to get a perfect SAT score and get into a top tier university, and this way of life is part of our culture thanks to our human nature to excel and prosper. What this has led to is the development of new technologies, such as online databases to, to facilitate the task of getting these assignments done and cell phones to aid when collaborating on a project that will determine whether they get into that top university or not....   [tags: Culture ]
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Theoretical and Researched Based Frameworks of Culture - ... 170) The contributions by Byram (1989) and Kramsch (1993) on the teaching and learning of a foreign language are close related to the role of language and culture. They suggest that foreign language teaching can hardly occur without teaching about the cultures of the languages being taught, mainly because language is connected to the one´s perceptions and knowledge of the world which are shaped by the culture we belong to. Language is” like a “road map to how one perceives, interprets, thinks about, and expresses one’s view of the world” (Fantini 2000, p....   [tags: Culture]
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Culture and Foreign Language: Teaching and Learning - ... They suggest that foreign language teaching can hardly occur without teaching about the cultures of the languages being taught, mainly because language is connected to one’s perceptions and knowledge of the world which are shaped by the culture we belong to. Language is like a “road map to how one perceives, interprets, thinks about, and expresses one’s view of the world,” (Fantini 2000, p. 27). As a result, cultural background forms the framework through which we perceive the world. In this line of thought, Butjies (1990) refers to some ethnographic language studies (Ochs & Schieffelin, 1984; Poyatos, 1985; Peters and Boggs, 1986) and summarizes several reasons why language and culture are interwoven: Language acquisition does not follow a universal sequence, but differs across cultures; the process of becoming a competent member of society is realized through exchanges of language in particular social situations; every society orchestrates the ways in which children participate in particular situations, and this, in turn, affects the form, the function and the content of children's utterances; caregivers' primary concern is not with grammatical input, but with the transmission of sociocultural knowledge; the native learner, in addition to language, acquires also the paralinguistic patterns and the kinesics of his or her culture....   [tags: Culture]
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Culture: It Makes Us Who We Are - According to Webster’s Dictionary, culture is defined as tradition or a way of life. It is also a defining principle in how we live our life and the type of people we become. The Salish Indians of the Montana and Celie, the main character of the book The Color Purple, are two examples of cultures that made them who they are. Celie is a poor, black, woman growing up in Memphis, Tennessee in the mid-twentieth century. The men have constantly put her down, through beatings and rape, for being a woman with no talent at all....   [tags: Culture ]
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What is Culture? - The first definition of ‘culture’ by Oxford’s Dictionary is ‘art, literature, music and other intellectual expressions of a particular society or time’ (“Culture,” Oxford’s Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English). Anthropologist of culture, Raymond Williams argued that the term ‘culture’ was first used in reference to the cultivation of crops which was later associated in relation to the cultivation of the human mind, hence the expression ‘cultured/cultivated person’. The noun of process thenceforth grew into a noun of configuration in the later 18th century where culture meant ‘the generalisation of the ‘spirit’ which informed the ‘whole way of life’ of a distinct people’ (Williams, 1981) implying a common ‘way of life’ shared between a group of people or community....   [tags: Sociology of Culture]
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Affects of Popular Culture on Today's Generation - People today blame popular culture for the “corrupting” of today’s generation. Many Americans do not think of the other factors that go into popular culture. There are in fact many factors that go into the things such as teen pregnancy, education failure, and violence of today’s youth. Factors such as money, home life, and enviorment. Not only do Americans feel popular culture is to blame, but also feels popular culture is having its affect too soon. Before being able to discuss the effects popular culture has on children, what exactly is “childhood?” With the ongoing debate of abortion many people do not agree on when a child’s life beings....   [tags: Culture]
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Indian Culture And How It Translates to America - ... Most Indian-American youth dress and act like Americans. And it is all of that which is put into question and threated when immigrants leave one place for another (Marin 112). Nevertheless, emigrants from India do attempt to stay true to their religion and they go to great lengths to practice their religion. Worshipping is the most important part of Hindi culture and many often practice their religion in the privacy of their own home. Other traditions are kept alive so that not all of the Hindi religion is put at risk once the environment has changed....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Importance of Learning One's Own Culture - Alice Walker writes about the importance of culture and about the acceptance of where people have come from in her short story, “Everyday Use.” There are three main characters in the story, all of whom has her own personal traits and views on how to deal with her life and deciding what is most important to her. The significance of this story is vast, from the value of culture, to the characteristics of each person. Walker describes the way each character’s attitude reflects on her culture. The three main characters include the mother, who is also the narrator, and her daughters, Dee and Maggie....   [tags: Culture ] 1270 words
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Hispanic and Native Americans Culture in California - ... Native American history is amazingly rich in spirit and provides a beautiful depiction of California nature in their artistic and functional culture. Many tribes remain in California consisting. The largest of them is the Yurok Tribe, consisting of nearly 5,000 members (Forbes, 1982). Their native language is Yurok, but most members of all the tribes in California primarily use English. Recently, there has been a spark in interest in reviving their ancient languages. Many celebrations and ceremonies occur throughout the year that require traditional language be used....   [tags: Culture ]
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Culture and Gender Influences: Language Development - ... (2009). Culture is also influential in language development. Children who are raised in a bi-lingual home may have the advantage of communicating with their parents in their native tongue, therefore retaining cultural influences and traditions. The child may speak Spanish, Russian, or use American Sign Language in the home and then speak English when in the community or at school. As communities become more diverse, children are often observed translating for their family members at the bank or grocery store....   [tags: Culture ]
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Vegetarianism and Meat Eating in Food Culture - ... Culture has developed general consensus on food based on its principles and customs and that is what justifies people to kill other animals. The community and culture that one is belonging to have predominant influence on one’s eating habits and food preference and strict one’s food choice, which keeps one from falling into omnivore’s dilemma. Each culture has a long history of deciding which animals to eat and which ones to be pets. Even if one cannot feel any direct human touch with the food and does not know how it is made, one can still trust and eat it without any concerns because there are strong cultural boundaries between the consumers and the food as a part of the food culture....   [tags: Culture]
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Culture of Critique - Americans have embraced debate since before we were a country. The idea that we would provide reasoned support for any position that we took is what made us different from the English king. Our love of debate came from the old country, and embedded itself in our culture as a defining value. Thus, it should not come as a surprise that the affinity for debate is still strong, and finds itself as a regular feature of the mainstream media. However, if Deborah Tannen of the New York Times is correct, our understanding of what it means to argue may be very different from what it once was; a “culture of critique” has developed within our media, and it relies on the exclusive opposition of two conflicting positions (Tannen)....   [tags: American Culture]
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Essay on Demonstrating a Conceptual Understanding of School Culture - “Students will be nurtured in a safe, caring environment that challenges them to shoot for the stars”. “He tini nga whetu, e ngaro I te kapua iti” There are many stars; a small cloud cannot conceal them. (Wanganui City College, 2010) Learning a culture is involved and extremely intricate as each school is unique and the schools student populace being unique. Culture as we understand relates to relationships, traditions, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. So why is culture an important aspect with regards to schools, and how can cultures affect the schools running....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Effects of Popular Culture: A Look at Three Examples - ... Cofer read “that people are drawn to big-eyed round-faced creatures” (328), popular culture in American are drawn to this fact. Cofer remembers one moment in her childhood where she went to a grocery mart and was awarded candy just for being pretty. As you can see, skin color, race, and looks has a lot to do with the current place and time in popular culture. In Nora Ephron’s “The Boston Photographs”, many reactions are conveyed from a photo that all ties into popular culture and what’s acceptable in society....   [tags: Culture]
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Evaluating Societies Culture by Norms, Values, and Laws - ... Although, I do not depend on anything for survival there are things I depend on for my current way of life. For example, I depend on electronic devices to help me in college. If I did not have access to a computer, then I would not do as well. In many cultures, people believe that electronics are not proper for maintaining good grades in school. Another example would be education; in some cultures people believe that it is improper for woman to be educated. There are many values that differentiate societies and their cultures, but none should be ridiculed or hated just because our culture is so different, because the Hindu people would probably find our culture confusing too....   [tags: Culture]
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The Canadian Culture - Culture can be defined as the behaviours and belief characteristics of a particular social, ethnic, or age group. Every country has its own special way of life. Canada’s in particular can be considered unique because Canada is a cultural mosaic, which allows elements of many cultures to be integrated into one. Canada’s culture has many influences because the numerous people who immigrate here are encouraged to keep their culture. These immigrants also teach the people they meet when they move here about their own ways of life....   [tags: Canadian Culture, Canada,]
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Bangkok's Effot to Build a Positive Image of the Nation's Culture - INTRODUCTION In Bangkok, there have been a number of well managed cultural activities to preserve particularly a forever focus on the historic and religious heritage, for example, make a merit with nine temple tour of Bangkok or one day trip in Grand Palace and the temple of Emerald Buddha. Those are presented and treated as treasures of the nation’s artistic and cultural richness of the country and the people since 1965, a first year of emergence of TAT’s oversea office to promote Thailand through western eyes....   [tags: Culture]
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Comparing the History and Culture of The United States and Jamaica - ... Additionally our tour guide informed us, while we were in Jamaica, even though I could not uncover many sources to obtain any official numbers or percentages, many Jamaicans also know and can speak Spanish. He said, he thought, about 60-70% of the island could speak or at least understand Spanish, especially among the older generation. This is due to the vast number of hotels and resorts on the coast of Jamaica in possession of the Spanish. However, he added, the number of Spanish-speakers on the island is rapidly diminishing with the younger generation due to the lack of necessity....   [tags: Culture ]
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Border Culture - ... The relevance of the narcocorrido is in the fact that it is used to glorify the drug trafficker. The narcocorrido consistently portrays the drug lord as a hero who is a “victim of society” and can only survive by trafficking drugs. Furthermore, many even attain that drug trafficking is crucial to help stimulate the local economy (Villalobos, 135). The primary goal t of the corrido “…is to make the audience believe” (Villalobos, 143). It is used as a way to depict every day lives of people who are not captured in official documents....   [tags: Music, Mexican Corrido, Culture] 1463 words
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Death and Dying in the Somali Culture - ... This attitude toward death is a bit different than the thinking of a majority of the individuals in the area. Many fear death and do not want to accept that life will eventually end, even with the promise of meeting their savior once they pass. Depending on the field that the nurse works in, interacting with a dying individual may or may not happen. If a person is taking care of a dying individual it is important to know some basic etiquette so that the person or their family will not be offended by any actions of the staff....   [tags: Culture ]
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How Does the Line Between High and Pop Culture Become Blurred? - ... An example of this is Premiership football. Every weekend hundreds of thousands of people watch football matches together; whether at a stadium, a pub or at home. Next, popular culture must also be able to stir people’s emotions and feelings, e.g. a powerful and thought provoking drama piece. Popular Culture should also be for the masses. As I mentioned before, an example of this would be the television programme The X Factor. Academics try to define popular culture by saying that it should be a quantitative definition, which can show that it is well liked by the people....   [tags: Culture ]
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Organizational Culture Profiles - ... Organizational culture profiles are interpreted from at least six standards of comparison: type, discrepancies, strength, congruence, norm comparison, and trends (Cameron & Quinn, 2011). Discussion The organizational culture profile constructed in Appendix B is being used to diagnosis the MIG’s culture from this writer’s perspective. The culture of the MIG, its importance and its effect, illustrate a variety of cultures now and preferred in the organization. A natural tension exists in the MIG between the needs of the organization, as defined by individual employees and those of leadership....   [tags: Sociology, Culture] 1177 words
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Culture is a Gift to Humans - Anthropology shows culture to us as a gift to human beings because without culture we would not exist. As described in our first reading culture is observational. As a result, anthropologists study ethnographic fieldwork. “Whether in a jungle village in Peru or on the streets on New York, anthropologists go to where people live and ‘does fieldwork.’ ” This means participating in activities and asking questions, eating strange foods, interviewing informants, and learning a new language. Above all, anthropologists are observers of culture....   [tags: culture, anthropology, ] 1538 words
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Greek Culture as Exhibited in "The Odyssey" - Many diverse cultures are found in every corner of the world. Every culture is defined by its traditions and values. The film “The Odyssey,” depicts the culture of the ancient Greeks where it illustrates the life of a man, Odysseus, who has gone on a journey just to get back to his kingdom. Many values and traditions could be identified through the path of the journey. Some elements that are found important to the Greeks are the music, the religion, and the duty to the kingdom. One important feature found in ancient Greek culture is the music....   [tags: Greek Culture] 580 words
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Pop Culture Argument - According to Dabrali Jimenez, of the New York Times in a recent article on Goth Lolita Culture “There is a world in which the childhood fantasy of Alice in Wonderland seems to collide full force with the Addams Family” Jimenez, D (2008) p. CY4 of the New York Times Edition: A new generation of Lolita’s makes a fashion statement, Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/nyregion/thecity/28trib.html?_st=r=1&scp=3&sq=gothic%20lolita&sce&oref=slogin Goth started out to be cute young women with bows, polka-dots, and strange virtual designs on their clothing....   [tags: Pop Culture]
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Arranged Marriages: Motives and Customs in Traditional and Modern Indian Culture - ... In every case, depending on the wealth and well-being of the family, the dowry can be as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars or as little as a few pieces of jewellery. The arranged marriage system has further flaws as well. The system first arose when child marriage was custom in India. Children at adolescent ages, before puberty hit, were married off. “Children at such a young age could not give valid consent to marriage, so parents were giving the consent instead” (Kodackal, 1998). The initial intention of child marriage was to prevent the children from seeking someone of lower caste or class, which makes this system a means of restriction from marrying outside ones’ race or social status....   [tags: Culture ]
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Negotiating in a Foreign Culture - ... More than once the case study stated Anne was unsure of where everyone fit in the hierarchy of ExportJordan but she made no moves to correct this. If she had understood everyone’s position and the power dynamics involved she may have reacted differently when dealing with Jafar. Secondly, Anne could have taken the opportunity to gain an understanding of the culture in the company and in the country. She needed to realize that even though she was sought out to help the company she was an outsider and it was her responsibility to understand the situation in which she was getting involved....   [tags: Culture Sensitivity]
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The Decay of the American Culture - Anxiety and affluence are terms that are often applied to the post war decades in an attempt to define them. The newfound wealth that Americans enjoyed after World War II wrought changes on the American social landscape that many may not have been able to predict. The push for heavy consumerism that accompanied the sudden upswing of the U.S. economy gave way to concerns about the decay of moral character in the American home. Increasingly filled with anxieties over the ever-present threat of Communism, which most Americans were aware was an issue they themselves could do little about, the population instead turned towards new distractions, such as television, to attempt to reclaim some sense of dominance in a world they no longer quite recognized....   [tags: American Culture]
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Organizational Culture - Three general types of organizational culture—constructive, passive-defensive, aggressive-defensive: The organizational cultural inventory measures 12 sets of normative beliefs or shared behavioral expectations associated with three general types of cultures, Constructive, Passive-Defensive, and Aggressive-Defensive. Constructive cultures—in which members are encouraged to interact with others and approach tasks in ways that will help them meet their higher-order satisfaction needs, are characterized by Achievement, Self-actualizing, Humanistic-Encouraging, and Affiliative norms....   [tags: Business Culture]
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Campus Culture: How Culture Affects How Students Interact - What is culture. According to Kottak cultures are traditions and customs, transmitted through learning, that form and guide the beliefs and behavior of the people exposed to them. With this definition given when it comes to campus culture I feel that an anthropologist would define it as the way we interact with other people through the environment that we share. When it comes down to campus culture it has to do with the way we interact, behave and follow certain things that are brought forth through the culture of the campus....   [tags: culture, relationships, ] 1280 words
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Will the Tradition of Geisha Survive?: An Evaluation of the Effect of the Extinction of the Tradition of Geisha to Japan’s Culture and the Need for It - ... Though he stated the relevance of the existence of geisha, he just discussed it in a small portion as his research mostly discussed on the development of geisha and their present status in modern days of Japan. Liza Dalby in Geisha was an in-depth account on the role of women and geishas in modern Japan (1998). As the numbers of geishas keep decreasing, Dalby discusses on the reason behind the issue. She describes her experience during the year she spent as a Japanese geisha and help explains the cultural meaning of persons, objects and situations in the world of “flower and willow”....   [tags: Culture ]
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Texas’ Individualistic and Traditionalistic Culture: The Impact these Ideologies have had on Texas State Government and the Reasons People Support t - ... The people of Texas with individualism as their root belief do not want government to control their lives. They want the legislature meeting every other year because Texans fear too much time in session might lead to change. This is also the reason they have restricted the powers of governor. Although Texans generally do not want a strong government, this does not stop them from complaining and seeking answers when outcomes in government do not go their way. Looking at traditionalism, they are of the belief that people should adhere to tradition and make very few changes, especially in cultural or religious practice....   [tags: Culture ]
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Traditional Dance as the Way to Understand the Culture - ... This project seeks to examine the extent to which performance of cultural dance and wearing of traditional clothes affects the attitudes and behaviours of dancers. By discussing actions and ideas with dancers who perform dances of different cultures, it will be possible to determine the extent to which dancers feel that they can actually become part of those cultures and the extent to which their own ideas about those cultures affect their behaviours while dressed in traditional clothes. Therefore, by analysing these factors, the extent to which dancers understand culture will be determined....   [tags: Dance, Culture]
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Unavoidable Changes in Pop Culture - Unavoidable Changes “Popular culture moves through our world at warp speed” (Aufses, Scanlon, Shea 707). For example, current events that take place by day are the main topics by night. Even videos posted on the internet can become the biggest trend overnight, but disappear just as quick. Without realizing it, everyday these trends of thought affect the way we dress, live and think. Whether we like it or not, these thoughts are manipulated by popular culture. It is undeniable that “we are creatures of outside influences; as a rule we do not think, we only imitate” (Source A)....   [tags: Popular Culture, Media] 886 words
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Hispanic American Culture Dance - Hispanic American community are rooted from their origins in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish speaking countries that have come together and form a culture in the United State of America. The culture is built in different categories; for instance, religion, social custom, health practices their privacy, and birth. They come from a comprehensive familiar culture that has been called the second in America. Because of their pride and affection they feel unsafe to give up their past. Their notoriety in the United State has been their resistance to assimilate; their guarded image of Hispanic-American culture has been the tongue of flame....   [tags: Hispanic, American, Culture, Dancing, ] 925 words
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Amish: A Culture Worth Learning From - ... They reject military warfare and do not take up arms in war. The Amish do discipline their children, which include spanking on the buttocks or the slapping of the hand (The Amish: massacre). The Amish educate their children in a one-room schoolhouse, they attend school from kindergarten until eight grade. Their education focuses on basic reading, writing, math, Amish history, practical farming and home making skills (Amish). Amish children learn that work is pleasurable; each child has a role this is how the Amish culture keeps its structure....   [tags: Amish Culture]
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Swazi Music and Culture - Swaziland has a fascinating culture that is often celebrated through its unique blend of musical styles. The country, which is landlocked by the Republic of South Africa and by Mozambique, is the last remaining country to use a system of government similar to the structure of an absolute monarchy. Although today it now has some democracy, most of the power still lies with their ruler, King Mswati III. In 2004, a humanitarian crisis was declared in Swaziland because the country was experiencing drought, land degradation, increased poverty, and HIV/AIDS....   [tags: african culture, africa] 852 words
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Big Money for a Little Culture - ... The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that “American Indian youth are more likely to report depressive symptoms and use alcohol and marijuana. They are also more likely to start using drugs and alcohol at earlier ages” (Nalls). These factors mean that, without any type of funding, Native Americans will be forced to leave their reservations and, therefore, leave their cultures. Fortunately, the creation of Native American gambling establishments has held off these impending tragedies....   [tags: Native American Culture]
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Leadership and Organizational Culture - ... The implication of these traits is positively encourage his followers to make their efforts to do the right thing in their positions but it will also make them feel a sense of pressure due to they had no chance to show efforts but results (E.g. in “The Apprentice”, candidates will be sentenced by the final achievements rather than what they did during the project). In addition, the final 14 candidates of “The apprentice” were elected from massive rigorous selection procedures; therefore, apparently, Alan sugar as a boss must have the same traits as these candidates....   [tags: Leadership Theory, Power, Culture] 1813 words
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Educators Should Try to Reform the Culture - I believe that educators should try to reform the culture because knowledge is never complete but an ongoing search. If one does not seek to change then they might be stuck with an old idea that is no longer relevant. At one point it was believed that the earth was the center of the universe or the earth was flat. It was also once believed that women did not have the brain power to own properties or vote but we learn differently. My teachers in primary school did not know that children have different learning styles and not all children learn at the same pace and so their lessons were one size fits all....   [tags: Education, Culture, ] 548 words
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National Culture and Its Relation to Media - ... As magnifiers, media strengthen the ideas of the nation and magnify the national consciousness of the public. As pointed out above, media portray a picture of national consciousness under the national framing, the population thus identify themselves from the others. Moreover, the public perceive the notion of “simultaneity” (Anderson 1991: 24) with their fellow-members through media. The past, present and future are connected by sharing the identical information from same media. Individuals experience the continuity of the same space time created by media....   [tags: Media Culture]
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