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  1. Introducing Cultural Patterns and Processes http://www.sxc.hu/pic/m/h/ha/hagit/476402_african_culture.jpg

  2. What is Culture? • “Culture is a shared set of meanings that are lived through the material and symbolic practices of everyday life” (Knox and Marston, 2004) • Values • Beliefs • Practices • Religion • Language • Family • Gender • Sexuality www.aust-immig-book.com

  3. Facts about Culture • Artifacts – objects of material culture • Dwelling • Cooking utensils • Dress • Sociofacts – the way groups do things • Interpersonal relationships • The family • Education • Mentifacts – a group’s literature, religion, language and music

  4. Cultural facts http://faculty.evansville.edu www.michelle-wright.com www.foreverwed.com

  5. Habits and Customs • Habit – a repetitive act that a particular individual performs • Custom – a repetitive act of a group performed to an extent that it becomes characteristic of the group http://globaldyn.ipnstock.com

  6. What is acculturation? • Cultural change that occurs in response to extended firsthand contacts between two or more previously autonomous groups (www.anthro.wayne.edu/ant2100/GlossaryCultAnt.htm) • Rapid diffusion of cultural items either by choice of the receiving society or by force from a more dominant society(highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072549238/student_view0/glossary.html)