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Elements and Characteristics of Culture in a Society


Date Posted: 3/11/2018 11:28:53 PM

Posted By: franco crick  Membership Level: Gold  Total Points: 2067

Culture is simply the totality way of life of all people and the characteristics defining them in a distinctive manner. It can also be termed as way of life encompassing of language spoken by the people, beliefs, values, customs, roles, skills, knowledge and material objects that combine to make up that way of life. Culture is mainly differentiated from different communities mainly by conducting a sociological research or a scientific research within the communities or societies.

Culture has several aspects that are either material types or non-material types. The material types are usually tangible and visible and thus are seen as objects within a given society’s culture while, the non material types are usually inform of practices, attitude, doctrines or even beliefs of society’s culture. These aspects mainly bring about the behavior of people in terms of their perceptions and motivation within the members of a given society.

Culture is made up of different components also termed as elements. These are mainly the things that make up culture in a given society. They include:
a)Language- this is a form of communication and interaction and culture is mainly developed through the process.Here communication may either be verbal or combination of symbols thus making a meaningful interpretation to pass given information between two or more people.
b)Morals-they are usually the expected customs in a given unique society that mainly helps in prohibiting immoral behaviors such as sexual abuse and infidelity in a society.
c)Values-these are mainly common ethical standards that helps societal members of a group distinguish what is right and wrong in a society.
d)Laws-are rules and regulations as well as guiding policies of social institutions such as government institutions and employment institutions. They mainly prohibit criminal cases in a given society.
e)Folkways-are the expected behavior being practiced within ethnic groups or may be from other groups.
f)Beliefs-these are

attitudes, view points and ideas of a particular group mainly made up of proverbs, fork roles and superstition.
g)Traditions-this refers to customs, beliefs, habits or rituals in a given ethnic group of a society.
h)Norms-these are the proper product of social behavior that should be followed in a given society.

Culture has the following main characteristics that help distinguish societies, communities or even countries.These characteristics are as listed below:
-Culture is usually integrated.
-culture is durable as it exists for a long period of time within a given society.
-Culture is also shared among people through exchange of practices between societies.
-Culture is dynamic as its changes from time to time from generation to generation within a given society.
-culture is also adaptable as people from different societies are able to exist and live in a newly cultural environment from which they had experienced before thus making it to be more adaptable.
-culture is also learnt as it can be taught in schools and institutions of higher learning and in the process people are able to learn different culture from theirs.
-Culture is symbolic meaning that a given society is represented by symbols. This was mainly explained in details by a sociologist called George Herbert Mead who explained a culture of a given society through symbolic interaction theory, where he said that culture was brought about by globalization in the world which made the world a global village thus brought about diffusion of symbols and meaning.

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