Okay let’s talk about Culture.
Now, culture refers to a shared way
of life including beliefs and practices
that a social group shares.
So it is a nice broad statement and there
can be several layers or types of culture.
The one I’m going to sort of refer to you
today is that broader larger culture
that your part of typically in
the city or even in the country.
Now, elements that shape culture
can include beliefs and practices.
So as a culture, this can roll into things
like religion and ways to interact
with those within your cultural circle.
Language is another really important one.
What are some of the rituals? What are
some of the symbols that you used?
These all are really direct
shapes of what our culture is?
What are the values that our culture has?
What are the norms within this culture?
Now, another feature of what shapes our
culture is something called the symbology
or the symbolic culture. And these
are things that are sort of
I want to say innate but aren’t
something that are clearly mapped out.
And these are things that convey
agreed-upon meaning and can communicate
the values and norms of that culture.
So I mean either not well documented.
You don’t pick up a book that explains
all these symbolic culture of that
specific culture that we’re talking about.
These are things that you being plugged
in to that culture, you start to assimilate,
pick up and you utilize yourself.
This can include things like rituals,
gestures, signs, certain words.
If you travel, if you look at
TV commercial in different countries
or print ads or what people
are saying on the street.
They might have words that don’t
necessarily follow into a dictionary.
or the use of certain
words or gestures.
You know nodding your head might
mean something in one country
or a culture that meet something
else in another place.
A thumbs up using certain
signs with your hands.
All of these things are
very, very culture specific.