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Sociology 111 10/9/2007 Liddy Hope My Culture Culture is the combination of everything a person learns, knows, does, and believes due to his or her environment while growing up. Every culture has different values and beliefs. Culture can be measured on a large scale, such as the culture of a whole country or state; or on a smaller scale, such as the culture of one family. My own culture is a product of both. I have lived in Coon Rapids, MN for my entire life, up until last year when I left for college. It is a suburb of Minneapolis with a population of approximately 60,000 people. I live in a fairly new house in a nice residential development. I live with my parents and my younger sister, Jamie, who is 2 years younger than I am. We have 2 dogs and a cat. We have 4 cars within our household. Soon we are moving to our lake near Braham, MN. My parents bought a lot and are in the process of building a new house. My mom’s relatives generally live in the Twin Cities area, while almost all of my dad’s relatives live in Cloquet, MN. I have mostly experienced living in suburban culture, but I have also experienced a little bit of city and rural cultures because they are a part of my parents’ cultures. I have attended large public schools throughout my education—I graduated in a class of 650. I have always excelled in school. I took honors and AP courses in high school, and I was awarded the Regents’/Trustees’ Scholarship from St. Bens. My mom grew up in a lower-class neighborhood in Minneapolis and attended inner-city schools throughout her education. My mom did not attend college because it was not expected of her. For my mom, college was not an option. She was the first of her siblings to even graduate from high school. Her older brother and 1
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sister had to drop out and work to bring in extra income, and her 2 younger brothers dropped out in junior high because they got in with the “wrong crowd.” My dad grew up in an extremely Catholic, middle-class family in Northern Minnesota. Because of the values and beliefs his culture held, he was expected to attend at least a 2-year college after high school. My sister and I
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