Sunday, March 16, 2008

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

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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