American Culture: Structure

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American Culture: Structure

By | Feb. 2011
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For me personally, different isn’t dangerous. I respect differences and would be bored if there weren’t any. As an American, I think we tend to bend rules more than follow them. It really depends on the context of the situation and the age of the individual, and the seriousness of the rule. Obviously the younger someone is the more rebellious and rule bending they tend to be. Overall, I feel like Americans acknowledge rules and respect them, but if they can get away with bending them - we will. It really depends on the individual. I consider change to be a positive thing. Generally in America the term change would reference something will improve. An example of change being associated with a positive connotation would be when President Obama was campaigning for president in 2008 the word ‘change’ was on his posters, and he mentioned it frequently in debates and speeches. •Yes, it’s common to change jobs or move to different neighborhoods. However, it depends on an individual’s or family’s income. If someone earns a high income they tend not to change jobs as frequently as someone who earns a lower income. When young, American’s tend to move and change jobs frequently, but when we get married and have children we tend to settle in one location and job. While living at home with my family I personally moved five times from birth until the age of 18. •There are laws against discrimination. In terms of race there have been a few Civil Rights Acts – most notably those of 1964 and 1968. Which prohibit discrimination The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended discrimination based on race or gender in terms of unequal voter registration, and racial segregation in schools, the workplace public facilities (bathrooms, restaurants, etc). The 1968 Civil Rights act prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing based on race, religion or national origin (and gender as of 1988). In terms of age, there’s the Age Discrimination in Employment...

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