The Cultural Dimensions Of Pakistan

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Culture has many different definitions like “a collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the member of one human group from another” (Hofstede, 1980) so it can be said that culture can include both the materialistic objects that have uses and on the other hand, the beliefs and norms. There are certain principles that distinguish different cultures from each other specifically being Individualism and Collectivism, Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, Masculinity and Femininity and Long Term Orientation developed by Geert Hofstede in 1980, known as the ‘Cultural Dimensions’. In this autobiography, I will be describing how my own immediate cultural group, my Pakistani culture, which I grew up in within my household, links to…show more content…
Also, there are certain beliefs in the Pakistani culture that some elderly Pakistanis, like my grandparents, still hold which I don’t see myself to be associated with. An example of this would be that some of them see “westernisation” as being defiant or brash due to the dress sense being a little less covering and different to what they are used to being in or seeing or the western music culture catching on amongst the younger generation. This is because of them holding on to early institutions and ways of life. So therefore, the Pakistani culture can also be seen as one with long-term orientation. Scoring 50 on Long Term Orientation, the culture of Pakistan cannot be said to indicate a preference (Hofstede, Country Comparison, 2016) but from personal experience, I have realised that the culture honours traditions and doesn’t sway towards society changes. They moreover sometimes confuse culture and customs with the religion of Islam, which most of Pakistan practises. For example, I wear a headscarf which is way of covering and being modest as a Muslim. In some cases in Pakistan, once a girl is past a certain age after puberty, it is said that they should cover their heads but for me it was a personal choice to wear it when I thought it was right for me. Most of the time you can also find me dressed in western clothing, unless I’m attending a family occasion or festival whilst still wearing a headscarf. This in a way makes me both
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