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Different Ways of Looking at Life
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The behavior, patterns, beliefs, and all other products of a particular group of people that are passed on from generation to generation. Ideals, values, assumptions about life. Guides behavior. Transmitted from generation to generation. Despite compromises, cultural values remain.
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Two bookends of culture. Closely related. Behavioral practices are grounded in beliefs about what is true, healthy, appropriate, and rational. By growing up in a culture, children experience human life as predictable and meaningful. Children need to participate in cultural activities.
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Differences are readily observable among cultural groups. Meal practices; Who eats with whom, when, how, and where? Social practices; Who plays with whom, do boys play with boys or do mixed groups play?. What are children allowed to do and where are they allowed to go?
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Not as obvious as behaviors. Important part of cultural heritage. Reflect the core ideas of the mainstream culture. Not universal! Consider the following ideas: Babies are innocent at birth. They should become increasingly self-reliant and independent. Competition is healthy and productive.
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People in all cultures tend to believe: What happens in their culture is natural and correct.
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