Living Your Cultural Identity Cultural Identity is formed through countless aspects of our everyday life. Place of birth, gender, race, history, nationality, language, ethnicity, stereotypes and aesthetics are all aspects of our lives that define us as a person. With so many different types of people and cultures in our world, someone can be defined by the color of his or her skin or the sound of their voice. Even if a person comes from one side of the world but lives on the other, they can be defined by their cultural identity and differences. Cultural identity is defined by what a person gains from being a part of a specific society, assumptions that are made by people outside of ones own culture and the sense of ones own culture and what define how you view the world.
Our attitudes are strongly influenced by our experiences in society. These experiences tend to establish early attitudes, likes, and dislikes. As these attitudes are reinforced by successive similar experiences, they become our basic foundational values. Conversely, our values can have a direct effect on our attitudes. VALUES Values are basic ideas about the worth or importance of people, concepts, or things.
 Society is made up of social institutions that together form the building blocks needed to create a culture, a belief system, a religious belief, a set of values, rules, laws, regulations, and how we're expected to behave and conduct ourselves. When we are born we are surrounded by social institutions that will impact our personality and lifestyle. These are: • the family • the education system • the income available • the environment • the political system • the culture or sub-culture • the religious beliefs • our peers These factors have a major influence on us as we grow and develop. This is also known as 'stratification'. Social class is the system of status layers.
The Now Soc/105 The Now Culture is something that individuals learn from birth, it affects the way people look at themselves, and their surroundings. Each individual’s culture influences their culture preference in food, clothing, hair styles, social skills, music, parenting ways, and the way the individual reacts to their environment. Popular culture is everywhere a person can look from television, radio, magazines, newspapers, family, friends, and in work settings all of these things can influences a person’s life in some way or another. It influences the way people behave in public and the way people take to the constant changing in their surroundings. With the constant change in culture because of what society finds acceptable at that time react from our given surrounds in a specific time period.
Haralambos and Holborn (1994:3) view the culture of a society,” as the way of life of its members, the collection of ideas and habits which they learn, share and transmit from generation to generation. Sullivan (2001:894) regards education in its general sense “as a form of learning in which knowledge, skills and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training and research.”According to Goldthorpe et al  a dominant society is a group of people with greater power privileges and social status, it also has an established language, behaviour, values and social customs, such traits are often the norm for that society as a whole. Willis  asserts that the culture of a dominant society is usually but not in the majority and achieves its dominance by controlling social institutions such as media and educational institutions. Bourdieu  views capital culture as forms of knowledge, skills,
Then there is the socialisation process. This is the process whereby individuals learn the norms and values of the groups they belong, so that they are ready for social interaction. (www.socialsciencedictionary.com). In other words, it means the process whereby culture is passed from one generation to another. Socialisation starts at birth and ends at death and is very powerful in shaping individuals.
What is social class? Social class is a term that refers to a group of people who share a similar economic situation, such as a similar occupational level, income and ownership of wealth. Often occupation, income and ownership of wealth are closely related to each other and influence the lives of individuals, for example: how much power and influence they have in society their social status their level of education their houses and cars the consumer goods bought and the lifestyle adopted their leisure activities. Social class is an important influence on people's lives. It affects everything we do and who we are.
Actively taking part in shaping ones sense of reality due to their past and past experiences. Other factors that affect our present reality include our educational standard, our socio economic status; happenings within the home environment (both emotional and relational); and everyday interactions with our peers which will subsequently affect our behaviors and the way that we perceive the happenings of life. These factors shape our perception because of their deep capacity to emotionally enhance or detract from our experience. Positive and negative reinforcement governs a lot of our ‘learned behaviors’. We take on board that which we are readily immersed in.
Some of the more specific aspects being analyzed are Goal Setting Theory, empowerment, and Social Motivational Training as scrutinized by various researchers. It will also focus greatly on Self-Determination Theory, as it applies to almost all of the articles read, because of its significance and relatedness to motivation. The studies used to investigate the validity of these theories will be explored and analyzed in regards to their contribution to creating more motivation in employees which ultimately results in the elevation of job performance. One of the main contributors to motivation, which continuously presented itself throughout the different articles read, was self- determination theory. Self-
Professional values and ethics will allow one to become successful in their career. This essay will define what values and ethics are, where they come from, and how they affect a person's life. As previously stated a person develops values in all facets of life. Values and ethics are developed at home, school, peer groups, communities, jobs, churches, and every other area in life that one is involved in. Values and ethics are organized into three categories of sources: personal, social, and economic reasons.