How Does Culture Shape Identity?
What people do, make and believe.
Beliefs are most important of the three.
Different cultures have diverse beliefs and attitudes towards different situations.
By observing other cultures we can become aware of our own cultural assumptions.
Behavior that seems unique to us is what we tend to focus on.
Culture affects growing up, race, gender, class, family and language. Canadian Culture and Identity
What does Canada mean to you?
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Understand your culture is important in understanding other cultures.
Canada is a multicultural country.
Literature is used to define a culture.
It is easier to explain what we are not than what we are.
Hard to define a culture.
“You only know Canada by being away”.
Rites of Passage
Ceremony or ritual that marks a change in life or status.
Ceremonies to mark birth, adolescence, marriage and death.
Cultures vary on how they celebrate occasions.
Common rites of passage in Canada include:
Getting a job
Three Stage Process:
Person is separated from the rest of society
Includes geographical change and change in physical appearance
Lasts a few hours, days, months, or years
Learning the new role
Guidance from instructor
Incorporation and Reintegration:
Reintegrated into regular society
Marked by tattoos, scars, body paint, or new clothing
Gives up something symbolically indicating one role has ended and another has begun
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