Cultural Awareness Of Sub-Saharan Africa

1069 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
What is culture, one might ask? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, culture is the “customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group or the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time” (Culture). Five major characteristics that define a culture include culture is learned, culture is shared, culture is symbolic, culture is all-encompassing, and culture is integrated. Culture depends on the human capacity for cultural learning that encompasses shared rules for conduct and that are dependent upon symbols. Cultures can be integrated by using “social and economic forces, core values, and key symbols” (Mirror for Humanity,…show more content…
Savannas have wet and dry seasons and go from extremes like drought and fires ignited by lightning. Lastly, tropical woodlands have a more defined dry season with hot temperatures (Global Warming). One of the poorest regions in Africa, the Sub-Saharan region has suffered throughout the years while being labeled with some of the least developed countries in the world. Diseases like malaria have struck this area hard. In 2007, the population of this portion of Africa was 800 million, with a growth rate of 2.3%. Many of the countries in this region have very high fertility rates with more than 40% of the population in this region 15 years of age or younger. Infant mortality, HIV/Aids, and other figures are also astounding. Because this region is lacking infrastructures, this stifles their economic growth. However, this region does export many minerals, like gold and bauxite. Universities located within the Sub-Saharan region experienced triple growth in enrollment from 1991 – 2005. Many of those college-educated students are now coming to countries like the United States and Europe to live and work. This region of the world includes about 1,000 languages spoken. “The causes for conflicts in modern day Africa cannot be understood without an appreciation of the struggle between traditional African culture and its clashes with Muslim and European cultures. Understanding Africa’s triple

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