Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Hey guys, I am confused to what this statement could mean. It was produced by Clyde Kluckhohn, the famous american sociologist.

    The phrase states 'Culture is a design for living. Without culture members of a society would not be able to communicate or cooperate. Therefore culture has two essential qualities; first it is learned, second it is shared.

    The sentence I have highlighted is the part I do not understand may you help me, or have suggestions to what he could mean?
    • TSR Community Team
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    I guess this refers to the way people couldn't communicate without, say, the ability to speak and to understand each other's speech. Also, to interpret body language - facial expressions, posture and so on. These forms of communication are part of culture - they are learned through the process of socialisation and shared by pretty much everyone in a society. If we couldn't understand what anyone else was communicating then it would be impossible to co-operate.

    Another part of culture is shared norms and values - guidelines and rules for behaviour. Most people in a culture share certain core values - about violence, privacy and friendship for example. If members of a society held too many conflicting values then society could easily disintegrate.

    So culture is pretty important - a design for life even!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by The Learn Ranger)
    I guess this refers to the way people couldn't communicate without, say, the ability to speak and to understand each other's speech. Also, to interpret body language - facial expressions, posture and so on. These forms of communication are part of culture - they are learned through the process of socialisation and shared by pretty much everyone in a society. If we couldn't understand what anyone else was communicating then it would be impossible to co-operate.

    Another part of culture is shared norms and values - guidelines and rules for behaviour. Most people in a culture share certain core values - about violence, privacy and friendship for example. If members of a society held too many conflicting values then society could easily disintegrate.

    So culture is pretty important - a design for life even!

    Ah thank you, that has become so much clearer for me. Also, how would you describe culture personally? I describe it using Ralph Linton's quote 'A culture is a way of life for the members of the society; A collection of Ideas and habits which are learnt, shared and transmitted from generation to generation'
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    What newspaper do you read/prefer?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.