Causes And Disadvantages Of Culture Shock

1014 WordsOct 21, 20175 Pages
The characteristics of culture are languages, beliefs, norms, behaviours and even material objects that are passed from one generation to the next. Culture is divided into two section, the material and nonmaterial culture. The material culture are things such as jewellery, art, buildings, weapons, machines, and even utensils, hairstyles and clothing and there is nothing natural about material culture. Then nonmaterial culture is the way groups way of thinking: the beliefs, values and other assumptions of the world. It is the also the way of doing meaning it’s the common pattern of behaviour, including languages, gestures and other patterns of interaction. In material culture neither the custom is right, it’s just that people become used to…show more content…
This is where other individuals think that their culture is better than the other for reasons based on solely and heritage. Culture shock in Belize, when Belizean students go out to study further, they obviously experience culture shock because they are not used to the culture in other countries. Then when immigrants come into our country, they do experience culture. I myself saw one person experience culture shock in our country, this is with our Dancing, we the Belizeans are used to the way we dance punta songs, dancehall and etc. but this person is not and when he saw the way the Belizean people dance he was shocked and he asked what kind of dancing is that because it is nasty, and rough. He says that that is not the way they dance in their own country even though they have some types of music like our one, but the difference is they dance it differently. What is culture relativism? Culture relativism refers to the idea that the values, knowledge and behaviour of people must be understood within their own cultural context. This concept recognizes and affirms the connections between the greater social culture and trends and the everyday lives of individual people. Culture relativism became an important tool for pushing back on the ethnocentrism that often tarnishes research at that time. Culture relativism also looks at how the elements of a culture fit together without judging those elements as superior or inferior to our own way of life.
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