What Is Culture?

Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people. It encompasses social habits, language, cuisine, religion, cuisine, music, and the arts.

Culture is someone’s way of life:

  • Who are we?
  • How do we live?
  • How do we work?

As people answer these questions, they provide insight into their values and norms as well as society in general.

Additionally, the culture of an organization or a brand is pieced together by the answers to these questions, too.

Culture often defines members of a group. Cultural preferences aren’t entirely personal, nor are they universally acknowledged. For example, just because some Italians eat pasta doesn’t mean they all do.

Culture is learned. Groups and communities have norms that are passed down generation to generation via elders, teachers, experiences, and society. People acquire behaviors, values, and assumptions from what they have seen and learned from family, friends, and leaders.

Attitudes and behaviors are influenced by culture. Beliefs and social behaviors are developed over time and continued. Culture lets a person know what is and is not acceptable. It also influences the way things are done and what defines the norms. Culture can also affect norms. For example, a culture that turns from traditional practices and becomes disruptive can influence a future of disruptive actions. Over time, disruptive actions would become the new norm of the culture.

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