Families, as units, are extremely complex and vary drastically from one another. A person might be under the impression that his or her own family is nothing special, especially if they are accustomed to their family’s routines. After analyzing my own family through the sociological lenses of an assortment of scholars, it is now clear that it is not as simple as it seems. Sociologically analyzing my family through the divorces that have occurred in my life makes it clear that divorce can have an impact on a variety of family dynamics, such as my parents and their jobs and domestic duties, the amount of involvement they have with their friends and family, as well as my financial dependence on my parents.
Michael Halloran (2004) proposes that culture as a diverse and complex system of shared and interrelated knowledge, practices and signifiers of a society, provides structure and significance to groups within that society which subsequently impact the individual’s experience of their personal, social, physical and metaphysical worlds (p.5). Halloran (2004) theorizes that cultural maintenance is key to increasing the health and well-being of Aboriginal Australians whereby he suggests that culture provides collectively validated ways to think of and value oneself, further arguing that culture helps to suppress fundamental human existential anxieties about social isolation produced by our mortality awareness. Emile Durkheim (Marks, 1974) identifies anomie as being without law or norms, similarly, D.J Spencer (2000)
Culture is part of special traditions and rites of passage. In this paper I am going to write about American culture compared to German culture. To do this I interviewed Michael Heidenreich, who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1943.
Another huge part of my life that comes from my German heritage is the foods that my family and I eat. Germans eat a lot of meats. The main meat that my family and I have is pork and sometimes steak. Pork is a very common food in Germany. We even have sausage occasionally. My whole family sits at the dinner table while my father and grandpa cook our dinners. Another thing that the adults do is drink beer on special occasions. My cousins and I are under age so we obviously can’t have
I have found the sweet sixteen party is quite similar to a Quinceañero birthday party. Probably the most distinct similarities are that they are both an event that celebrates a girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood. They are both an important part of the culture, as well as are quite elaborate and usually expensive, depending on the type of party the parents want. They celebrate when a girl becomes a woman, which is a major stage in life because adults have more privileges and responsibilities. This is a big part of their culture because it is celebrated by almost all Spanish girls when they become women. Most of the time, these parties are elaborate, as they only happen to a person once in their entire
I come from a military family who had been lucky to live in one place for so long. My parents and brother had spent time in Germany years before I was born, so they were already familiar with the culture. Although I am a native English speaker, I was immersed in the German culture and learned about this new language. As a military dependent, I learned the words to the Pledge of Allegiance and the
They conformed to the “American Culture” and tried to focus on having a new and improved life with tons of opportunities. They also brought some traditions and ideas over with them from Germany. The main traditions were going to church – ended up by changing their religion to Catholic -, eating as a family during mealtimes, and speaking German around the house while learning English. To this day, that side of my family keeps most of those traditions, except for speaking the German language. My mother and grandmother were raised Catholic as well, but it changed at me. I have never gone to church and I do not plan to because I am Agnostic. Every night my family gathers around the dinner table and eats together. That is a rare thing now days because most families have mixed up schedules. I plan on keeping that tradition with my future
I believe the culture in Utah places great emphasis on the family unit. Families strive to find ways to spend time together in order to strengthen those relationships. Strengthening family relationships provides a secure foundation for school aged children. According to Brooks (2013), “family game times and reading books together bring families closer together and establish greater feelings of emotional security in children” (p. 294). When I moved to Utah several years ago, I noticed how many families have time set aside one night each week for family time. I have also discovered that families put great emphasis on reading together as a family and make weekly trips to the library. These activities will strengthen relationships and give children
They are very high on the monochromic scale and their consensus and decision-making process is often more deliberate then Americans.becouse Germans approach decision making slowly and laboliorisly,while most Americans think nothing a changing plans at the last minute. The Germans want to know where there expected visitors are at all times. in General Germans provide much more information than most people from other cultures. They also like facts, figures and examples. Give them all information that you have and you can take more. They certainly do not expect to see them smiling a lot. But they are not unfriendly. Their society is much homogeneous than American society and all rules –legal, informal or formal are
instance, we would not have electronics, since there would probably be no internet out in the desert. I would not be able to play the piano or violin, since both are hard to keep in the desert. Even though my brother and I would not have homework, we would not have a strong education. Living in a tent instead of an air conditioned house would mean it would be harder to keep cool in the hot sun. I would not have many friends, since only archaeologists are allowed on the digs. Working all day would mean less family bonding. Being out in the desert means it would be hard to cook the delicious food I am used to eating. Even though I could find cool artifacts and travel
As a mother receiving this invitation my original reaction would be confusion. With the Christmas songs being sung from different countries this party sounds like a cultural one, which strikes me as odd that they would serve something as controversial as pork. For me specifically I was raised in a Jewish household, with no pork.
I was born and raised in Gaukönigshofen, a small Bavarian village in southern Germany. Life in German villages was very traditional. Women and girls wore elaborate folk costumes on Sundays and special occasions. The women wore their long hair in the traditional style. Families lived together in large homes built of stone. All the different generations of the family shared the same house. They shared the household chores and the joys and troubles of everyday life.
While looking upon my personal culture and my family’s culture in an attempt to find appropriate dishes for this assignment, it became apparent to me that I have no definite culture. Whereas I have lived in Canada my whole life, my family’s background has engaged me in varying cultures, though I have never felt truly attuned to one culture. On the other hand, my father is a first generation Canadian, his parents both from Scotland. Though aware of my Scottish origins and my grandparents’ migration to Canada, Scottish culture has never been explicitly celebrated amongst those in my family. Furthermore, my family previously migrated from Ireland during the Irish famine, resulting in Irish culture to also represented in my family’s culture. Variously, my mother’s side of the family has lived in Canada for many generations, but I do not consider myself as being authentically Canadian. Accordingly, throughout my childhood, I was never encouraged to celebrate an explicit culture. Furthermore, religion was never prominent in my life either, as my parents decided against baptizing any of my siblings and me, as per the family tradition, because they wished for us to have religious freedom. However, because of the rest of my family’s religion, as well as my background, my family has always celebrated Christian holidays, though I have never been to church for a reason other than a wedding. I find that without any cultural ties from my family’s history and practices, that the culture I
Come drink a Bit burger and eat a delicious wiener schnitzel in Germany! Germany is just slightly smaller than the state of Montana in the United States. In addition, Germany is located in central Europe and borders the North Sea and Baltic Sea in the Netherlands and, Poland. The culture built around Germany has a foundation of Art, Literature, Sports, Food, and Music. In addition, Germany’s torn past over war of its modern day is very different form our own, but is very similar in many other ways. However to truly understand the unique culture of Germany, one must know the origin of the unique Art’s, Literature, Sports, Food and, Music, that Germany is known for.
Before referring to the impact of culture on families, I will say that culture is known as knowledge, art, beliefs, law, morals, customs and all habits and skills acquired by man not only in the family but also to be part of a society as a member that is. It is also defined as a set of ideas, behaviors, symbols and social practices learned from generation to generation through life in society. The family is defined as a group of people linked by blood, marriage, or adoption; usually centered on a married couple, their dependents, and relatives. Although there have also been non-traditional families made up of people who are not linked by blood or marriage and are now found more frequently in many regions of the world.