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In today’s class, we will be talking about the introduction to culture. Enjoy the class!

Introduction to Culture

Introduction to Culture

Culture is a way of life of a group of people with an agreed system or pattern of knowledge shared. It consists of given patterns of human behaviour acquired and transmitted by distinctive symbols of values, ideas and beliefs through material and non-material cultural media.

Culture is the sum of all other forms of art as it is symbolic in communication, skill acquisition, attitudes and motives which are created over time and becomes a cultural identity and a way of life for a particular people. This is achieved through the elements of visual arts, music, drama, dance, architecture, literature and folklore. Culture is important for many reasons because it influences an individual’s life in a variety of ways, including values, views, desires, fears and worries.

Belonging to a culture provides people with a sense of identity and purpose. There are many different cultures around the world, some are mixed while others are not. Most cultures have been maintained for thousands of years through which individuals and communities connect through material and material and non-material aspects of culture.

Types of culture

  1. Material culture.
  2. Non-material culture.

Material culture encompasses the human aspect of life and culture that can be seen and felt. Examples include jewellery, car, clothing, artefacts, tools, phone, chair, table, architectural buildings.

Non-material culture deals with the things we cannot see or feel but have formed in the imaginative. Examples include belief, traditions, values, folklore, song.

Characteristics of culture

  1. Culture is a learned behaviour
  2. Culture is abstract
  3. Culture is a pattern of learned
  4. Culture is a product of behaviour
  5. Culture also includes material objects
  6. Culture is shared
  7. Culture is a way of life
  8. Culture is a human product
  9. Culture is idealistic
  10. Culture is transmitted
  11. Culture is continually changing
  12. Culture is variable
  13. Culture is an integrated system
  14. Language is the chief vehicle of culture

Functions of culture

  1. Culture defines the situation.
  2. Culture defines attitude, value and goals.
  3. Culture defines myth, legends, and the supernatural.
  4. Culture provides behavioural principles.


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