This is the first question you are asked to think about in the section on Investigating British Academic Culture. Post your ideas here and read what other students have written; respond to anything you find interesting, or strongly agree/disagree with.
Post by Francisco Palominos on Jun 1, 2013 16:51:13 GMT
In my opinion, culture is the way that societies live for example, their costumes, habits, dress codes, etc. Each society has its own culture and for this reason it is unique and differs from every community. On the other hand, culture could also mean art and intellectual achievements. This is why sometimes concerts and painting exhibitions are defining as culture shows.
Post by Mathilde Reynier on Jun 4, 2013 19:10:58 GMT
Hey Francisco! I agree with your definition of the word culture. For me culture can be summed up in words like customs, language, and way of life... Therefore it explains the idea of culture shock, which underlines the differences between cultures. I would like to add that I think the definition of culture varies from a country to another and depends on the place culture occupies in a country. I’m from France and we are particularly attached to our culture bringing a strong meaning to the word. Culture isn’t only the term used to describe traditions, art, and language for instance, but is a way to define a form of national identity. So in a way, culture has become a political matter. Namely, since 1958 there is a French Ministry of culture, which underlines the importance for the French to protect their culture: language, but also values and historical heritage. Culture is a way to develop a feeling of belonging to a certain society. From a French point of view, the British culture is a way for the British to recognize themselves as a group, compare themselves with other cultures and give themselves an identity. Look forward to seeing you all
Post by Francisco Palominos on Jun 18, 2013 23:52:20 GMT
Hi Mathilde and Candyan!
How are you? I completely agree with Mathilde when she refers to culture as national identity. I'm from Chile and we usually absorb valuable foreign influence, which whether by internet or other media immerse us in a new world due to globalization. I believe, however, that is quite important to remember our roots, traditions and values, since they allow us to be identified as a part of a culture. For example, in Chile there is an island called Chiloé (a very traditional place), and last year there was built a Shopping Centre near the bay. This example illustrate how foreign influence have reached even places that belong to our heritage for better or worse.