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Cultural Influences Of Culture

analytical Essay
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Globally, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different, individual cultures, each with their own sets of rules, ideals, and traditions. These cultural guidelines teach an individual how to think, respond, and act towards certain things. This in mind, an individual’s culture has a profound effect on the way they view other cultures, individuals, and the world as a whole; primarily this influence is seen through language, family life, and public life. Language is crucial to everyday life, yet so seldom is it recognized for influencing the manner in which one thinks. Namely, language influences and, in some cases, determines who a person communicates and identifies with. Such an idea was portrayed in Rodriguez’s Hunger of Memory when he …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that cultural guidelines teach an individual how to think, respond, and act towards certain things. an individual's culture has a profound effect on the way they view other cultures, individuals and the world.
  • Analyzes how language influences and, in some cases, determines who a person communicates and identifies with.
  • Analyzes how the way one is raised embeds specific ideas and values into each and every person. family structure provides an innate sense of what a family should be like and do.
  • Analyzes how different cultures highlight different aspects of public life, such as vocalization and noise, and modesty in public.
  • Explains that cultural influences come from specific aspects of one's cultural upbringing, such as language, familial expectations, or public expectations. understanding different cultures can have a profound effect on the way one views others.

What is defined as socially acceptable in public changes from culture to culture. Different cultures highlight different aspects of public life, one example being the degrees of vocalization and noise that are acceptable while in public. Americans, in particular, are not only loud, but they also inhabit a society that in itself is often flashy and “in your face”. Such an idea was expressed in Pico Iyer’s story, Colliding Worlds through the way he describes the United States as not only a land where anything is possible, but also as a place where “opportunities are swirling dizzily, promiscuously around” (Iyer #) It is this idea that highlights the way that the United States can be a flood of information, noises, and attention-grabbers. It also emphasizes the fact that many non-Americans may come from quieter, more relaxed cultures that make such a lifestyle seem mind-boggling. Likewise, modesty in public is another varying set of cultural ideals and practices. One such example is adherents to the religion of Islam, as modesty is so important that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, instructs all practicing Muslims to “...lower their gaze and be modest” (Quran 24:30). This need for modesty within Muslims may come as a shock to many who feel modesty is an option or preference opposed to a must. Most notably, manners and customs make up the majority of cultural influences in one’s public life. Throughout the world there are many different customs that are performed, one such example is the emphasis of punctuality in countries like Germany and Switzerland, where “punctuality is a matter of good manners”. Some of these customs and manners may be strange or outright confusing to a foreigner who has their own set of manners and may even cause them to hold a skewed view on this person. This too is indicative of how one’s cultural etiquette may leave a substantial impression on another that could be

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