Culture: system of knowledge, beliefs, patterns of behavior, artifacts, and institutions that are created, learned, shared, and contested by a group of people. Manual for understanding and interacting with the people and world around us includes: shared norms, values, symbols, mental maps, and material objects: culture is learned and taught. Do not genetically inherit culture learn throughout our lives from people and cultural institution that surround us. Some learned through formal instruction and others are informal or unconscious. Culture is taught and learned institutions promote and enforce the ideas and concepts that are considered central to the culture: culture is shared yet contested. Culture is a shared experience developed as a result of living as a member of a group learn how to communicate and establish patterns of behavior that allow life in community. Cultures can be shared by large and small groups. Vary from culture to culture: norms.