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Culture determines behaviour - How far do I agree.

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Culture determines behaviour - How far do I agree. This essay aims to look into the evidence regarding the above statement and to come to a conclusion whether culture really does determine our behaviour. Before we can fully understand the statement we must understand what some of the terms mean. Culture There is no one definition of the word culture. It has many meanings and values. It does not just mean the arts but it also means all learned behaviour. Sociologists define culture as the way of life of a social group. More specifically the term refers to 'patterns of belief', values, attitudes, expectations, ways of thinking, feelings, etc. Culture is acquired by people because it consists of learned behaviour rather than biologically determined behaviour. Its important to remember that culture is an ongoing process and is also changing as the years go by as the world is also developing. Cultures are different in every part of the world. For example, sex is a necessary for the survival of Mankind, however sex before marriage and with different people is viewed differently between cultures. ...read more.


Customs Customs are traditional and regular norms of behaviour associated with specific social situations, events and anniversaries that are accompanied by rituals and ceremonies. For example in the US, people celebrate Thanks-giving on the Third Thursday in November by eating a large turkey and celebrating with the family. Status Members of society are given a social position by their culture. These positions are known by Statuses. In western societies, status is normally attained through education, job and sometimes birth and marriage. Roles Society expects people of a certain status to behave in a certain way. A set of norms is imposed on the status and these are collectively known as a role For example the role of vicar is accompanied by cultural expectations of confidentiality and professional behaviour. The environment we are surrounded with from birth determines our culture. We are taught many things: how to communicate, how to drink and eat, when to sleep and how to act in situations so does the culture we are brought up in determine our behaviour? ...read more.


We would go back to our cave man days before humans formed societies. This is not to say that Genes do not play a role in behaviour. Researches from King's college in London have fund that boys who have a particular version of a gene are more likely to go off the rails if they suffer maltreatment when young. The gene in question controls activity of an enzyme called monoamine Oxidase A. The researches at Kings College studied a group of young men of whom 154 had been maltreated. They found that those who carried a version of the gene were more likely to indulge in anti-social behaviour. In my opinion culture plays an important role in behaviour. Culture shapes our behaviour until we are old enough to evaluate our own thoughts and conclusions. Some people try to behave in a different way and rebel but this would never happen if they didn't have culture in the first place. Terrorism is a major problem in the world today but until we understand every culture, we will never be able to understand the behaviour of their members ...read more.

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