Culture Definition

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Paragraph 1: Changed period to question mark in first paragraph Paragraph 2: Took out title of article Took out for example Paragraph 3: Replaced “one” with “an individual” Fixed citation Added own words to last sentence Paragraph 6: reworded sentence that ended with a preposition Paragraph 7: reworded and switched order of last 2 sentences Paragraph 8: reworded last few sentences How do you define culture? Is it the clothes you wear, the movies you watch, or the music you listen too? Or is culture more complicated than that? Is it the politics you believe in, the people you surround yourself with, or the values you base your life around? Culture is all of these. It is in every part of our lives and every decision we make. Culture unifies a society or group of people through their behaviors, beliefs and values, social circles, and material interests. Merriam-Webster defines behavior as “the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment.” (MW, 2008). Behavior helps shape culture and in many ways creates subcultures. Glenn (2008) claims that “although the operants of individuals are functionally independent of one another, the behavior of each person may contribute to a cumulative effect that is relevant to the well-being of many people” (p.133). Take a classroom; if one influential student behaves a specific way they begin to effect the behavior of those around them. This contributes to the cumulative effect of the behavior of others within the classroom. Thus unknowingly a new subculture arises within that classroom modeled off the behavior of its students. By effecting many people a behavior becomes part of the fabric that helps shape the surrounding culture. Yet, culture also helps shape behavior. Kruchten believes behavior is driven by three forces, “(1) Human nature: this is inherited and is universally shared across all human cultures. (2) Culture: our collective programming, which is learned, not inherited. (3) Personality: the component that is the additional unique set of mental programs not shared with other human beings; it's partly
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course WRTG 3020 taught by Professor Lyons,t during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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