The definition of a culture has changed drastically over the history of people trying to define it. The common theme that resides in most definitions is the notion that a group of people whose knowledge and behaviors are learned and passed down from generation to generation. The question is what determines the development of these behaviors and beliefs of a particular culture. This is a question that has no clear cut answer, despite the extensive research that has been conducted in this field of study. (Defining Culture)
When examining a little closer one must realize that the views of that culture are constantly changing and evolving because the people are consistently growing and adapting into something new. As mentioned earlier, the ideas are passed down from one generation to the next. Sometimes the beliefs stay the same but usually there are small changes that slowly imbed into the ideology of the culture. What worked for the group in the past may not be considered acceptable in the future. Significant changes in culture may appear to happen in a short time span but it usually occurs from tension that has built up over many years. (Defining Culture)
There are several characteristics that define a culture; the first that will be discussed is shared knowledge. The interaction of the group can manifest itself in many forms to pass down belief, values, and behaviors of the society. This is done by the use of language, technology, and commercial trade. The use of language is one of the most important because this is the primary method of the transfer of knowledge. A recent method that has developed is the use of communication technologies. Cell phones, television, social media and the i...
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