All About Culture
All of the ways that a group of
human beings has learned to interact, both among themselves and
with their environment, defines the word culture. The
elements of a culture may take many forms and go through many
changes. Houses, music, clothing and art can be unique to a
specific culture. Yet, each of these things changes over
The way people in a culture
raise their children is yet another major element of culture -
family. Families shape and preserve culture, as parents
provide their children with models of behavior and ways of viewing the world.
Even in the simple act of sharing meals, people
are shaped. It is within the family unit that one
experiences many other aspects of culture for the first time.
A group's beliefs is another
important element that shapes and preserves culture.
Religion and personal beliefs are at the very foundation of
culture. These beliefs are often reflected in
traditions. Basic traditions are shared, remembered, and
passed on through repeated ceremonies. These ceremonies are
Another vital part of
culture is the language we speak and the many ways we express our
ideas. Expression comes in the form of music, books, art, and
movies. Words and music tell us who we are by giving voice
to our human emotions. Whether reading a book, visiting a
museum, watching television, or going on a vacation, we are taking
part in our culture.
Politics and economics are
also cultural expressions. When we purchase something or
vote for political leaders, we add a bit of ourselves.
Think of some ways your
family preserves the culture or traditions of earlier generations?
Discuss and share this with your family.