Filed under: Thought Foods | Tags: cross-cultural, culture, intercultural, meaning of culture, philosophy, public discussion
First, thank you everyone who either read last week’s query or commented upon it.
The query for this week is what does the term culture include? Where does culture stop? Where does culture begin?
Is culture a shorthand for nationality plus ethnicity? Less? More? Could gender be a component of culture?
What about profession? Do engineers have a distinct culture as opposed to oil rig workers as opposed to nurses?
Does the US have an all-encompassing culture or would we talk of regional cultures–north, south, west, east, or the heartland? Wouldn’t this be the same in other countries?
If this was true, if you can talk meaningfully about a regional culture AND a national culture, is culture fractal? What I mean is, is culture present on different scales? So can you have cultures at small levels (such as women nurse/missionaries, and at higher scales nurses or nuns or missionaries, and at higher levels, westerners, women, or proselytizers?
At what level of abstraction is cultural a useful concept? Would humans have a human culture vis a vis elephants. Probably not. If a race of aliens touched down in large numbers though, and interacted with us as two bodies, us and them, might there be a cultural difference?
What comprises culture, and why it be important to know it? I will add SMALL snippets over the course of the week to see if that encourages more feedback. Again, as always, if you have a topic that you would like to see, toss it into the future food thought pile. We have two now that we will explore in the coming weeks.
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