What is Culture?
A Compilation of Quotations
Reference for this compilation
Spencer-Oatey, H. (2012) What is culture? A compilation of quotations. GlobalPAD Core Concepts.
Available at GlobalPAD Open House
1. Explain what you would do or think if you encountered, in your classroom a student,
classmate or teacher that always avoided getting to the point?
If I encountered a student who always avoided getting to the point, I will use context
to figure out (Ret
1. How do egalitarian and hierarchical value orientations influence communication,
learning, and teaching?
An egalitarian orientation stresses a horizontal or more informal perception of
authority (Retrieved from: http:/crosscultural-dialog.com/courseware
1. What do each of the paired differences between I and We cultures mean?
According to Wurzel, Witkin differentiated between people whose perception of a
phenomenon is strongly influenced by the field or context around it and those who appear
to focus on
What aspects of Individualism or Collectivism are reflected on the Chinese Cultural
In the video, we heard a story about the girls grandfather and she also talked about
Chinese expressions to Americans.
In my opinion, the Collectivism ref
After reading the given reading materials, I think identity formation is the processing
of forming the distinctions between oneself and others. For example, I recognize my
gender is male, which is different from the ones whose genders are fe
1. If ethnocentrism is inevitable, what is the role of education in multicultural relations?
According to Wurzel, a child's parents, environment, religion, and social traditions
are all given. These affiliations, which the child takes for granted, define
1. Which default tendencies are reflected in the readings?
I found control, dominance, obedience reflected in the reading You will do as
directed because this story is about Ron Jones obedience with his class. We can find the
evidence that Th
Interpret and explain: Our prejudices are based on our own fears and shortcomings.
Prejudice allows us to simplify the world, raise our self-esteem and create a sense of
According to Wurzel, one of the fundamental functions of pre
1. Festivals, food and dress are often used to celebrate cultures. What are the pros and
cons of such an approach?
According to Jaime S. Wurzel, every culture creates a system of shared knowledge
necessary for surviving as a group and facilit