Running Head: SOCS1851SOCS 185: Culture and SocietyProfessor Sarah TrovatoreDeVry University When thinking of the El Salvadorian culture not a lot came to my mind. El Salvador is a country located on the South American continent and that’s all I knew. I also knew that it was a country where Spanish was the primary language as well. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting someone from that culture until a few years. That person became my coworker and one of my closest friends. While working with her, I have seen her go through ups and downs in her work life and personal life. She has had to break stereotypes in both and I have seen this person grow into the wonderful human being she is today.
Running Head: SOCS1852The El Salvadorian culture has many values like most other cultures, but family is at the top of their list. Their family values out rank anything else in their culture and they are very loyal to their family. (CO 7) They show their loyalty to their family by maintaining their family rolesand they dynamics within the family. (CO 7) Men are the primary bread winners for the family and provide for their family financially while the women are the ones that primarily stay at home and raise their children and provide for their family within the home. Raising childrenis one of the most important things with their culture but has changed drastically throughout the years. (CO 7) Children are raised to maintain the ways of life into adulthood by teaching their sons to be the man of the household and financially provide for their family while girls are being taught how to take of the household chores and take care of the younger children. Children are also being taught how to respect their elders and when they are misbehaving they are disciplined in a physically manner.Communicationwithin the culture is vastly different that other cultures as well. (CO 77) What some may take as yelling in anger, El Salvadorians take it as talking in their normal tone ofvoice. When they talk, it’s not yelling but talking very loudly and proudly. Also, as they communicate with each other, they show their emotion on their face and are very animated. You will know from those facial expressions what they are feeling and whether or not they are experiencing happiness, sadness, or anger. Their communitywithin the El Salvadorian culture is very close as well. (CO 7) Everybody knows each other, and they trust each other to help support their family. Their community includes not only their immediate family but extended family and friends within the family. Some say that it takes a village to raise a family, and the El Salvadorian culture is one to
Running Head: SOCS1853follow with that saying as well. They trust that others within their community will discipline their child when needed when they are being disrespectful to their elders.