A Cultural Perspective
Chapter 2: Culture and cultural frameworks
In the last chapter, we emphasized the idea that culture evolves when a group of people living in close physical proximity and sharing a common language develop a way of interpreting and enacting on their social environment in a shared fashion. Therefore, cultural patterns evolve when the following ecological and demographic factors are present: 1) A group of people who need to work cooperatively in order to survive and maintain a sense of connectedness and belonging in a distinct geographical locale. 2) As a direct consequence of the need to cooperate and collaborate a system of language, symbols, codes, and ways of communication is developed. A sense of collective identity begins to evolve as a common language makes interpretation of subjective and objective experiences within the same frame of reference. 3) Interactions among the members of this collective are of an enduring nature. A group of people who pursue common objectives and speak the same language begins to develop ties of emotional interconnectedness and bonds. Consider the following scenario: A group of travelers who are stranded due to an ice storm in an airport begin to develop ways of coping with the situation by sharing information regarding the closest hotels to stay in overnight, and so on.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.