Culture and Transmission of Culture Socialization
Social interaction does not come naturally. The article Culture begins by stating “A primary reason for the complexity of social interaction is that our species has no instinctive patterns of behavior.” With that being said, we realize that we are not programmed to know how to act, what to value, morals, ethics, and so on. Clearly, our behavior is shaped by the culture we reside in. However, we are born into our culture, which means we must follow what our surrounding environment tells us to do and how to act. Our behavior is greatly influenced by the environment we are surrounded by throughout childhood. For instance, a child growing up in a bad environment involving cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol may be more likely to think these actions are “good” and start them at a younger age. Whereas a child growing up in a good environment surrounded by hard working parents, dinner with the family every night and chores may most likely have stronger values and succeed in the long run. We must learn on our own right from wrong, good and bad. Clark and Robboy allow the reader to understand these concepts. Clark and Robboy explain that a culture is made up of “objects, ideas, beliefs, norms, and values.” For instance, similar to an example given in the text, a child is given the puzzle pieces of life, they just have to learn how to put them together properly in order to sustain life. Culture repeats itself, meaning all of the “objects, ideas, beliefs, norms, and values” are passed on from generation to generation. On the other hand we are born with curiosity, which helps us to discover our culture. At this young stage, with this curiosity we continuously ask ourselves “why?” As we all know, children at a young age ask many questions but majority of them happen to be “why?” because at that time we need to know why everything happens the way it does, as well as why we have to act a certain way. In other...
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