Sunday, March 16, 2008

Why Most Indonesian Women Wear Padded Bras and the American Women Not

Introduction
Every society has its own beliefs, attitudes, customs, behaviors, and social structures. These give people a sense of identity, standards by which to live and goals to strive for. The term culture has many different meanings, but it is generally understood to be a reference to the patterns of belief and behavior common to a particular group of people. However, culture is not a static concept, but rather it is something learned, shared and adaptable.
Some experts say culture is a shared assumptions, values, and beliefs of a group of people which result in characteristic behaviors. This definition captures two essential points about culture: that it has an invisible dimension (assumptions, values, and beliefs) and a visible dimension (behaviors) and that these two dimensions relate to each other as cause and effect, respectively. Understanding the cause-and-effect relationship between the two dimensions of culture is crucial to any kind of successful cross cultural undertaking.
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