The Impact of Culture on Human Behavior

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Culture : 

Culture The Impact of Culture on Human Behavior

What Is Culture? : 

What Is Culture? Mona Lake Jones defines culture in this way. “Everybody has culture, even though some folks think they don’t. It greets you when you and the sun first wake up in the morning, and it rests with you when you get comfortable enough to fall asleep and say the day is over. Culture is how you love and who you choose to love. It’s how you respond to the dilemma life offers and how you celebrate living. It shows itself without you knowing and tells who you are without speaking. Culture includes all your family, even those who are dead and gone, because they are the ones who set the cultural patterns you follow. Culture is often vibrant and loud or sometimes quiet and subtle, but you know it when you see it because it has color!!!”

How do you define Culture? : 

How do you define Culture? Write down your own definition of culture on a piece of paper. Of the following factors that shape cultural identity, pick the top three that shape your own cultural identity. Write these down

Defining Culture : 

Defining Culture The ethos and worldview of a particular people, how they construct and employ meaning that guide their perceptions and behaviors in multiple contexts.”

Why is the understanding of culture critical to social work? : 

Why is the understanding of culture critical to social work? NASW Code of Ethics Social workers challenge social injustice Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships Social workers have an ethical responsibility to clients to value cultural competence and social diversity

Traditional Understandings ofCulture and Variation in Human Behavior : 

Traditional Understandings ofCulture and Variation in Human Behavior Enlightenment thinking was concerned with the universal application of a rational and scientific thought process. The Romantic era reflected the idea that all people and their cultures are relatively equal in value.

A Practice Orientation: Conceptualizing, Organizing, and Analyzing Cultural Processes: : 

A Practice Orientation: Conceptualizing, Organizing, and Analyzing Cultural Processes: Practice Orientation Questions: How do social systems shape, guide, and direct people’s values, beliefs, and behavior? How do people, as human actors or agents, perpetuate or shape social systems? Practice Orientation Focuses on: How human beings construct meaning, intentionality, and public behavior How human beings produce systemic cultural change, adapt, or maintain the culture Practice Orientation Goal : To develop a deeper understanding of inequalities based on race, ethnicity and social class, and gender relations, among other socio-cultural processes Practice Orientation Key Elements: History, social structure, and human agency Chapter 8: Culture

A Practice Orientation : 

A Practice Orientation History includes chains of events to which people simply react. Social structure implies the ordered forms and systems of human behavior existing in public life (kinship, capitalism, education), and Human agency implies that people are also active participants, capable of exercising their will to shape their lives.

Processes of Cultural Change : 

Processes of Cultural Change Describe the non-dominant individual’s or group’s response to the dominant culture. Assimilation: the attempt to blend invisibly into the dominant culture (the melting pot theory), abandoning the uniqueness of the minority culture. Accommodation: a process of partial or selective cultural change. Acculturation: the mutual sharing of culture. Bicultural socialization: a non-majority member or group masters both the dominant culture and their own culture.

Diversity : 

Diversity Race is a system of social identity constructed over generations through cultural, social, economic, and political relations. Ethnicity is associated with static traditions, customs, and values that reflect a deep and enduring cultural identity, and a desire to keep that identity intact. Social class, which includes socioeconomic status or SES, documents another form of cultural inequality. Gender is what our culture symbolizes as maleness and femaleness, and is further defined by prescribed roles for men and women. Other factors: Sexual Orientation, Religion, Age, etc.

Culture and Diversity : 

Culture and Diversity Get into 4 groups Discuss the 3 diversity factors that shape your cultural identity. Discuss how your culture views topic and how that may be different from others in the group.

Ethnic Diversity and Experience in Immigrating to US : 

Ethnic Diversity and Experience in Immigrating to US Film “Crossing Borders” Issues to focus on: How are these experiences different? How are these experiences the same? What are some of the motivations for immigrants? What appears to be the motivation for our immigration policies?

Group Presentations : 

Group Presentations Each group pick one ethnic group from the following found in the Inland Empire.

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