The Importance Of Cultural Values

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Throughout the world there are a number of different cultures. Each culture has its own language, beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors that they are accustom to. Values are the standards by which people define what is desirable or undesirable, good or bad, beautiful or ugly (p.45). Achievement and success, individualism, hard work, efficiency and practicality, science and technology, material comfort, freedom, democracy, equality, group superiority make up the U.S core values created by sociologist Robin Williams in 1965. Author James Henslin of Sociology, A down-to-earth Approach has updated these values adding education, religiosity, romantic love, leisure, self-fulfillment, physical fitness, youthfulness, and concern for the environment. One of the most important U.S values in my life right now is education. According to Henslin, “Americans are expected to go as far in school as their abilities and finances allow” (p. 51). As a teen I had a rough time in school. I was not always focused on my studies as I am now that I’ve matured. In the 11th grade of high school I decided to drop out. My attendance was so low that I ultimately did not receive credit for the work I had already done. My 2 older siblings had also dropped out of high school. Seeing members of my primary group, a small group characterized by intimate, long-term, face-to-face association and corporation, had made dropping out of school seem like norms to me (p. 54). Soon after, the circumstances I had

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