What Is Culture? Essay

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What is Culture? The word culture has been defined by many people. There are never ending sources explaining the meaning of culture. Some definitions are straight to the point and concise, while others are a little more intricate. Minnie Kellogg stated, “Culture is but the fine flowering of real education, and it is the training of the feeling the tastes and the manners that makes it so.” (www.wsu.edu) Henry Van Dyke described culture as “the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.” (www.wsu.edu) One of the more basic definitions that I have come across while researching this topic defines culture as something an individual learns from different sources such as their family and their constant surroundings. I've come across this definition while researching several sources. Culture is not something that a person is born with but rather learned behaviors. This represents individuals born with different backgrounds and races, but raised in the United States. Though they may genetically belong to a certain group, they're still apart of the American culture and will show signs of belonging to whichever specific society that they were brought up in. “Culture constitutes the music, food, arts and literature of a society. However, these are only the products of culture followed by the society and cannot be defined as culture.” (Kartha, Deetha) English Anthropologist Edward B Taylor defines culture as, “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.” A group of people have to share in common beliefs and customs in order to constitute them as being apart of a culture. “Culture is a complex tool which every individual has to learn to survive in a society. It is the means through which people interact with others in the society. It

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