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4: Cultural Identity
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- explain the influence of culture on social and
- discuss how personal, cultural, and universal identities shape
- illustrate the relationship between self and social labels on
- assess the impact of technological advances and innovation on
- 4.1: Identitiy Formation
- At the end of the module students will be able to explain the influence of culture on social and self-identity. They will also be able to discuss how personal, cultural, and universal identities shape perceptions. This chapter illustrate the relationship between self and social labels on status. Overall, it assess the impact of technological advances and innovation on identity
- 4.2: Identity Labels and Categories
- Identity shapes our perceptions and the way we categorize people. Our individual and collective views influence our thinking. Regardless of personal, cultural, or universal identity people naturally focus on traits, values, behaviors, and practices or behaviors they identify with and have a tendency to dismiss those they do not.
- 4.3: Geographic Region
- People identify with the geographic location they live in as a part of who they are and what they believe. Places have subcultures specific to their geographic location, environmental surroundings, and population.
- 4.4: Race and Ethnicity
- Race is truly an arbitrary label that has become part of society’s culture with no justifiable evidence to support differences in physical appearance substantiate the idea that there are a variety of human species. Ethnicity refers to the cultural characteristics related to ancestry and heritage. Ethnicity describes shared culture such as group practices, values, and beliefs.
- 4.5: Social Class
- Social class serves as a marker or indication of resources. These markers are noticeable in the behaviors, customs, and norms of each stratified group. A person’s socio-economic status influences her or his personal and social identity. In society, we rank individuals on their wealth, power, and prestige.
- 4.S: Cultural Identity (Summary)