Meaning and Characteristics of Culture



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In today’s class, we’re going to be talking about the Meaning and Characteristics of Culture. I trust you will enjoy the class!

Meaning and Characteristics of Culture

Culture is the fabric that binds society together. It encompasses the ideas, customs, and social behaviors of a particular people or society.

What is Culture?

Meaning and Characteristics of Culture

– Culture is the total way of life of a group of people. It includes their language, beliefs, music, art, laws, and customs.

Characteristics of Culture

  1. Learned

– Culture is not inherited biologically; it is learned by individuals through interaction with others in society.

  1. Shared

– Culture is shared among members of a community, creating a sense of identity and belonging.

  1. Adaptive

– Cultures are dynamic and can change in response to environmental and social conditions.

  1. Integrated

– Different aspects of a culture are interconnected and influence each other.

  1. Symbolic

– Cultures use symbols, such as language and gestures, to convey meanings.

Components of Culture

Meaning and Characteristics of Culture

  1. Material Culture

– This includes physical objects and artifacts created by a society, such as buildings, artwork, and tools.

  1. Non-Material Culture

– This encompasses the non-physical aspects of culture, such as language, religion, values, and norms.

 Features of Culture

– Language: The primary means of communication within a culture.

– Food and Dressing: Distinctive styles of cooking and attire that reflect cultural identity.

– Religion: The belief systems and rituals that provide moral guidance and meaning.

– Technology/Craft: The tools and techniques developed to solve problems and create goods.

The Role of Culture in Religion and National Values

– Guiding Behavior: Culture provides guidelines for how to behave in different situations.

– Promoting Unity: Shared cultural practices and values can unite people and foster national pride.

– Encouraging Diversity: Recognizing and respecting cultural differences enriches a nation and promotes tolerance.

Culture is a complex and vital aspect of human society. It shapes our identity, influences our behavior, and contributes to the richness of our national values.

We have come to the end of today’s class. I hope you enjoyed the class!

In the next class, we shall be discussing Similarities and Differences among Cultures in Nigeria.

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