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Cross Cultural Social Psychology PSYC14 Lecture 1 5 September 2013 Homework: Write a one page Biography What do you mean by culture? - Etiquettes morals and values, food, religion, customs, clothing, art, family, language, music, upbringing, roles, rules/norms, relationships, festivities, rituals, geography, nationality, traditions, race. - There have been over 400 definitions of culture, no one can agree on what it is because it is very complex - One definition is that culture is the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, hierarchies, religion, roles, concepts of the universe and material objects and possession acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individuals and group striving. - Some people focus on symbolism, some on artifacts - Anthropologists, Sociologists and Psychologists all think of culture very differently - There are some commonalities with the definition - One is that humans interact with each other. - 1. This is the Eco cultural Components: culture is both constrained and shaped by a group’s habitat. The picture shows that people have destroyed the habitat from building roads, so they wanted to go back in time and live off the land. Different cultures always adapt to their environment. Because our culture has developed this way of being fast pace, we develop yoga classes and meditation as ways of slowing down. - People develop language, writing tools, norms, etc as ways of adapting in the environment. - 2. Culture Consist of Shared elements: shared practices and shared meanings. You see cultural dances; they all have meanings in them. In specifying the limits of culture, people, have looked to these share elements as one set of definition parameters People share, a language, a time period, a geographic region. Although you may share all these things, does that mean that you are from the same culture. - 3. Transmission to others: types of transmissi
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