An occasional shower seems to wash away more than the dirt and grim they come through the door with. It appears to momentarily restore some level of dignity, even if it is a temporary solution to a long term problem.
American culture has been referred to as a “melting pot.” Different cultures have added their own distinct aspects to society, making America a diverse country. Despite the plethora of cultures, certain norms, mores, and folkways are evident in American society. These ideas are vital to the function and stability of America. They provide guidelines for what is acceptable and not. In virtually every society, there are people who engage in deviant behavior and do not abide by the values that the rest of society follows. Theorists have debated if people are socialized into acting this way and if it is a social or personal problem. The sociological study of culture focuses on norms, mores, and folkways.
In a society, people adhere to various rules and standards that are created and maintained in culture. On page 50, the definition of culture is shared beliefs, values, and practices that participants must learn. Defining one’s own culture can be quite difficult, much less hard to articulate, but it is often the deciding factor when it comes to making personal and social decisions. Independence is strongly rooted in American culture and helps identify modern society to the general population of American-raised children, and explains how the value of American independence has shaped my individual culture.
In the story of Samir, he illustrates that globalization and local culture wrestle with each other to determine what people deem correct. In his account, Samir portrays the westernized medicine’s dominance over an indigenous Costa Rican medicine man. In addition, Samir highlights many benefits that globalization opens the door to. For example, globalization has opened him to other cultures and languages allowing him to become more understanding of other people and to notice a unity among all people (Culture and Globalization, n.d.).
America has been known to be a successful and free country. Through popular music, art, film and literature, we can discern that American identity is defined as being based on freedoms within the country, helping others and treating everyone as equals.
The news story neglects the true facts on why showers are very important in having good hygiene. It is proven that taking a shower or bath is a basis of cleanliness. The article can mislead people if they aren’t careful in taking it one step further in deciding not to wash their hands after using the restroom.
One of the most prominent components of American culture is to be the best that we can be due to our individualistic based mindset. Although this can be viewed as a weakness, I see it as a strength when it comes to expressing my own emotions and opinions in writing. However, I comprehend that I am limited to only what I have learned thus far in high school level writing classes, and need to expand my horizons by taking more advanced level education courses. The American culture I have been surrounded by and writing education system has pushed me to pursue betterment in my literary langue skills and critical thought process, and that is what I intend to continue on doing while I am taking this course. Without a continued stream of information and teaching, I would be unable to advance from my current views and ideas and be placed at a standstill with no room for growth, but plenty for ignorance.
The fact that the interviewee grew up in a loving family justified some of the interviewee’s behaviors. Since his childhood, the interviewee was taught the importance of preserving his heritage. The fact that the interviewee’s father remained married to his mother until he died a few years ago seemed to be of great importance to the interviewee.
How does one define American culture? Is it the freedom and equality? The mixed religions and races? Is it a compilation of all cultures of the world? All of these qualities do define American culture. Although the nation’s forefathers established the cultural roots of the United States of America, its culture has changed over time. American culture is something unique and highly dynamic. The American culture developed as a result of immigrant settlers from all points of the world bringing in their own culture to this nation. The diversity, both culturally and ethnically, comprise the nation, but at what point does all this diversity become a problem? America’s cultural identity of freedom, equality, and diversity could soon be modified to the extreme by a massive influx of new immigrants who could become the majority of the nation. America, known for its cultural diversity, is on the verge of losing its cultural identity due to lack of restrictions with regards to immigration, the nation’s accommodating mentality towards immigrants and their culture, and racial stereotype inclination among people in the country.
1,165 miles south of Atlanta, lies a fairly small island in the Caribbean Sea named Jamaica. This country is no bigger than the state of Rhode Island, yet holds its own unique culture. My mother and grandmother migrated to America about twenty years ago. About ten years ago my Grandmother and Uncle started a Jamaican shop, “Caribbean Connection” that sold an array of Caribbean goods and cooked a good selection of Jamaican dishes. This shop is my family’s way of preserving our culture. I don’t actually recall learning my family’s native language, which they call Patios, or otherwise known as Broken English or Creole English. Certain things such as religion, mannerism, our language, our food and our customs are very important to my family and
Long before there were grocery stores, cars or electricity, humans had the same essential survival needs that we have today – oxygen, food, water, shelter and sleep. For humans today, we can find everything we’d ever need in a store, but without the technology to make life easy, a lot of cultures around the world adopted a nomadic lifestyle. These cultures didn’t have the luxury of living in the same house or a neighborhood their entire lives, and the environments they lived in were harsh. In order to find their five basic survival needs, these nomadic cultures instead had to travel from one new location to the next in search of their next set of resources.
Today, the United States is the largest economic and military power in the world, the political freedom and education level of the people are universally acknowledged to be among the top 3 in the world; so, what kind of American spirit has shaped the United States?
I am a part of the Polish culture, a culture which is very much related to food. The most I’ve felt proud about my culture was when I worked and went to a Polish food festival during every Labor Day weekend called Taste of Polonia. It is hosted by a Polish culture center called Copernicus Center. I worked there last summer which I helped with maintenance (which I scraped paint thinner off walls and ripped out weeds out of the ground) and my dad (which I stuffed envelopes with letters and did PhotoShop). It was fun, but the most fun I had at Copernicus was at Taste of Polonia. There was Polish music (which can be soothing and annoying at the same time) and delicious Polish food. Since my dad works there, I got unlimited food due to the amount
American culture refers to the traditions and practices of the people of the United States. Culture comprises of the nature of buildings, religion, music language and marriage. The population of the United States is more than 320 million people making it the most culturally diverse country in the globe. Books such as Crabgrass Frontier, Manifest Destination and Muscular Christianity are important sources of information about American culture. This paper is a reflection on the methods that these books use in providing information about the evolution of the US culture. The paper examines the relationship between these three sources and ways they challenge or inform an understanding of the American society during the late 19th and early 20th century. There is an analysis of the efficiency of the issues tackled by these books in influencing the contemporary discourse surrounding American culture. The major argument of this paper is that Crabgrass Frontier, Manifest Destination and Muscular Christianity provide reliable information about the evolution of the US culture and they supplement each other through the use of relevant examples.
The United States of America being the third largest country in the world with more than 315 million inhabitants, consists of multicultural societies with ethnically diverse population. Since there are a lot of foreigners, the US culture has evolved in such a way accepting and tolerating other foreign cultures. US is very much influenced by protestant work ethics according to which people believe in themselves and their efforts to attain the goal of self-actualization and success. The rich diversity in the culture brought by foreigners, prevailing values of protestant ethics, hard work etc. have helped US to emerge as a superpower in the past years. Nearly every religion had its impact on US culture in one way or the other. The