The Dimensions of Culture (Chapter 3)

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The Dimensions of Culture (Chapter 3)

The Dimensions of Culture (Chapter 3)
What is Culture?
Culture means to me the tastes, in art, manner, thought, letters, beliefs, and behavior of a social group. Culture is what guide everyone’s life and everyday things. Its has been said to be the backbone of human cultivation. The main thing behind culture is to help guide most people who do not seem civilize actually civilize in their own way. Most people stay within their cultures. According to the DVD, Robert Bierstadt, explain the definition of culture as being of peoples thoughts, actions, and lifestyles in its entirety. Three Dimensions of Culture

Ideas, is what people think and how they react to the American culture. In the DVD, it didn’t explain to much information about people ideas.
Norms, are rules that a culture shares and agrees upon and focuses on acceptable behavior limits. According to the book, it says that norms are elements of nonmaterial culture. For example, in some cultures like in Saudi Arad men during special holidays they share nose kisses. There are different types of norms, some are: Mores, folkways, ideal, and real. Mores are norms that have more stricter laws and get worst punishments. Folkways are norms that allow a large amount of individual interpretation within certain limits. People who disobey the traditions, are look upon them as unusual and weird. According to the book, they explain that if a person formal attire in a restaurant or theaters they will attract attention and comments will be made. I got some information from the book to explain what ideal and real norms are. Ideal norms are people’s expectations of what to do under conditions of perfection. Real norms are norms expressed with allowances and certain qualifications and specify how people actually behave. In the book it the explain that values answer basic existential questions, helping to provide meaning in people lives.

Material culture is human technology used...
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