1.3 - Culture: Yours, Ours, and Theirs


Culture: Yours, Ours, and Theirs


Culture can be defined in so many ways that the result is often definitions that are so broad or vague as to severely limit their usefulness. Thus, in this section, we offer study abroad students a few preliminary distinctions to help narrow the definition of culture, and to make it easier to compare and contrast different levels and types of culture across a variety of societies. We will concentrate largely on those aspects of behaviors and attitudes that can be considered specifically "cultural," that is, those practices which refer to what a particular group of people have in common with each other and how they are different from every other group.