This is the Introduction to the Social Construction of our "reality".
Culture is the unwritten "Code or Rule Book" for each Human Group or Society's Behaviour; which presents
an almost boundless spectrum of immensely diversified variants of human behaviour.
Our interaction with each other is like being two (or more) "strangers" from different cultures whose
"normal" we have to learn because they will differ -slightly to vastly- from each other. Read on to
discover why this is so: there are auxiliary pages to help fill in the necessary related information.
"Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what
we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones,
and a million other things." (Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London)
Every human is born into an established "culture": whether it is "simple" or complex. Our personal "worlds"
are virtually Social Constructions: achieved through Culture. Culture is important for shaping social relationships,
maintaining, enforcing and challenging social order (organization). Social "order" (conformity)
is achieved through rules, laws, peer pressure and ridicule (fear), etc. It also shapes and determines how
we make sense of the world and our place in it, and in shaping our everyday actions and experiences in
society. Culture is composed of both non-material and material things. In this context it is not just music,
art, writing (literary), poetry, crafts, etc (creative activities, or "cultural activities"). Nor is it the one that
scientists create in their labs (making a "culture" in a petri dish), for example.
Cultural universals are found in all human societies; these include expressive forms like art, music, dance,
ritual, religion, and technologies like tool usage, cooking, shelter, and clothing. It includes and involves
shared patterns of behaviours and interactions, cognitive constructs and understanding, that are learned
by our gradual and continual socialization. This produces a group identity fostered by social patterns
unique to the group. We acquire it gradually, often without being aware of it, and because we're unaware,
we don't reflect on the things we're acquiring, nor do we examine them. And because of that, they go deep
- and root themselves tenaciously. I encourage you to read the Education-Socialization page just
mentioned. This is the process of "Social Construction of our "reality". index
Culture is the major determinant of what is "acceptable" - and what isn't; what is "possible", and what isn't;
what is "permissible", and what isn't (in that culture). Culture is what teaches us (informs and "programs
or conditions" us) to what our "limits" for achieving our potential are: and can enhance our chances, or
The family is the smallest cultural unit or component of society - it is a culture itself: a form of "subculture"
(culture within a culture - mini culture); and it is our initial point of contact and interaction with "the world".
It is that way of life, and way of doing things, that you regard as "Normal". Normal really means "what
you're used to" - other people's ways that are different are called "strange", "weird", "crazy", "wacko",
or "abnormal". For further discussion on this, also see "Normal". The thing is, those "other people"
regard your way, in the same light.
So all inclusively culture structures, shapes or creates our "reality" in all these aspects: Family life
Child rearing, Language, Myths and stories, Sense of "right" and "wrong", History, Religion, Division of
labour, Birth and death rituals, Food, What a "man", "woman", and "child" is, etc, etc. It shapes everything . . . .
All of it, intended to organize, direct, channel and control the diverse needs, urges, wants, etc of th vast diversity
of human behaviour; to produce compliance.
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So, you can see that culture is "the" major influence on human life. And that the are many "cultures", and
even more mini ones within those (called "sub-cultures"). It results in great Cultural Diversity. And it is
because of that rich and wide diversity, that the word "normal" is virtually impossible to define. We are
born into it, learn it (a process called enculturation (or socialization) - and then pass it on to the next
generation. Acquiring our culture is a process of programming and indoctrination.
below). Please note: "mind" and "brain" are not interchangeable synonyms: they are distinctly differen
Our minds are like filters - really "magical" filters: everything we learn, hear, see, feel, experience, etc, is
"filtered" through our intellect & emotions - which were shaped by culture. But the mind-filter adds new
information in, so it changes the memory banks - the memory banks are growing continually. This is
basically what the branch of psychology called "Neuro-Linquistics" tries to address. (see the illustrations
from each other.
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