What is Culture
Culture is “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art morals, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by
man as a member of society.” - Edward Burnett Tylor.
o culture is acquired by being a member of society, it’s a product of society.
Is learned from others in the process of growing up in a particular human society or group
Is shared by the members of that society or group.
is responsible for most of the differences in ways of thinking an behaving that exist between human societies or groups.
Is so essential in completing the psychological and social development of individuals that a “cultureless” individual would not be
considered normal by other people.
o Culture is shared and learned and makes individuals part of a larger group.
Mental components include all the knowledge and information about the world and society that children learn while growing up:
o Attitudes about family, friends, enemies and other people
o Notion about right and wrong
o Conceptions about proper roles for males and females
o rules of etiquette and good manners
o beliefs about the supernatural
o standards for sexual behaviour
o perceptions of the world, and so on...
The culture of a group consists of shared, socially, learned kn