Thomas Holcomb Definition Of Culture

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What is Culture? culture can be defined many different ways by many different people. There’s not a correct or just one form of of definition when it come to culture.All though they all come from different experiences and opinions, they all share the same structure and concepts. In the world today there are hundreds of different types of culture, such as, American culture, Deaf culture British culture, Mexican culture,Arabic culture, African culture , Indian culture , Pop culture , Modern culture , Japanese culture , Chinese culture and so on.Culture is a group of individuals that share the same Behaviors, traditions, faith, heritage, traditions and self values and beliefs. The beauty of culture is the fact that it is ever growing and constantly…show more content…
Holcomb Author of the “Introduction to American Deaf Culture.” Discusses the different views of the definition of culture and defines culture by stating that culture is “the sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another is transmitted through language, material objects, rituals, institutions, and art from one generation to the next (Holcomb, P.17).” Holcomb also supports his claim by using a quote on page 17 from the book “Cultural Anthropology” by Authors Daniel G. Bates and Fred Plog. The quote states that “The system in which there is a set of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviors, and artifacts that the members of society use to cope with their world and with one another, and that are transmitted from generation to generation through learning (Bates & Plog 1990, p. 7).” In other words culture is shared within a group of people that commonly believe in the same religion/beliefs and value that same things in life that pass down the tradition and knowledge from generation to generation. Holcomb shares a different view from Author Jerry Diller of the book “Culture Diversity: a Primer for The Human Service” that goes in depth by stating that “culture is the conscious and unconscious content that a group learns, shares, and transmits from generation to generation that organizes life and helps interpret existence (p. 86).” Holcomb then categories what these definition have it common and calls The Five Hallmarks of…show more content…
One major difference between my Arabic and the Deaf culture is that we are supposed to present ourself s as reserved individuals that aren’t very expressive and open with their emotions. Where as in the Deaf culture and American Sign Language is all about facial expressions, and deaf people aren’t afraid to be open and blunt. In the article “Arab Culture Values” by author Alison Jean Thomas, Thomas describes Arabic culture by stating “In the Arab world, privacy is another cultural value which stems back to the Koran. People do not discuss their concerns outside the family. If a person talks disparagingly about a relative or speaks of private affairs to an outsider, he is frowned upon.” Which is the complete opposite then within the Deaf culture, deaf people are very open in sharing personal
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