What Is Culture

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"Culture", as a word, belongs to group of words that do not have just one definition and meaning. Many researchers have tried to define culture and each one of them what simply did was just an addition of something more to the previous definition. None of these definitions best describes what culture really is, because as it has been said "culture is not one of life's luxuries: it's life itself" (Definition of"). By this, one can understand that, since life is implemented with culture as well, culture covers all aspects a human might come upon during his life, from language, politics, economic systems, to traditions, behavior, religion, even up to fashion and food. As Henslin once stated, "culture becomes the lance through which we perceive and evaluate what is going on around us (Henslin, 275). Culture determines the way someone perceives the world around him, so it becomes difficult for him to adapt to a culture different than his own.

It is quite difficult to define culture, simply because any definition given will not be satisfying. An uncomplicated description of what culture has to do with, is this of Heera Singh, who says that "culture ... encompasses all that a society does, from the way they work, to the way they cook and to the way they behave" ("Effects of"). Culture on the other hand, is a link between "three components: what people think, what they do, and the material products they produce" ("Definitions & discussions") but also has the property of "shaping behavior and consciousness within a human society" ("A baseline").

After defining what does culture mean and include, now will be much easier for someone to real...

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