UNITY AND DIVERSITY

In this exercise, we will explore our lives as members of ourselves in a cultural context. This is a change from the standard universal vs. specific(compartmentalized) and ‘evolutionary vs. situation specific’ outlooks of previous decades in the field. The newer trend is to try to look at individuals as shaped by the immediate cultural surroundings(localized) and ALSO as influenced by the larger circle of culture(global and unified). In this outlook, the two trends can be seen to co-exist, instead of being pitted against each other, allowing for a more rounded view of cultural influence.

ASSIGNMENT:

This assignment has two parts, each related to the global and local theoretical aspects of culture, also known here as the

diversity and unity aspects. Part 1 below(local) is to be answered in this conference section. A second part is open for the global/universal aspects below as well. Please try to put both into one conference post, and give it a catchy title for fun, with a hint of the diversity and unity angles(Irish brew and Firecrackers, Hawaiian Hula and High school graduation, etc).

Part 1: Local theories: Diversity: post below:

1 a. Share with the class(compulsory): Family/particular heritage and customs that you share with a small group/other person (particular festivals, anniversaries, special event, etc): This points out the uniqueness of your socio-cultural identity and we will call it the sharing of diversity, the local effects of culture.

1. b(optional/not graded, but you can share if you feel inclined). Share with the class something about your family history, or even ancestry, if you wanted to follow the links and do some genealogy research of your own(up to you, I am just giving you the option). Share something about about the cultures that you descended from, that your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles told you about.

Part 2: Global aspects of cultural influence:

In this section, we look at ourselves in the global aspect, what are the more universal aspects of culture that have influenced us. Here, for example, you can share customs/celebrations that are also shared with the majority of persons from your culture(July 4 for e.g. in the USA; high school graduation, etc). This refers to the other part of your identity in terms of the underyling commonalities of major cultures: the global aspect of culture.

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