Understanding a Culture

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Understanding a Culture by Mind Map: Understanding a Culture

1. Sense of self and space

1.1. Independence and Creativity

1.1.1. Employee

1.1.2. Employee

1.2. Structured cultures vs. flexible cultures

1.2.1. Employee

1.2.2. Employee

1.3. Distance Vs. Closeness

1.3.1. Employee

1.3.2. Employee

2. Dress and Appearance

2.1. Ourward garments and adornments vs. simplicity

2.1.1. Employee

2.1.2. Employee

2.2. Subcultures can also have their own distinctive clothing.

2.2.1. Employee

2.2.2. Employee

3. Time and Time Consciousness

3.1. Exact and puntual vs. not puntual

3.1.1. Employee

3.1.2. Employee

3.2. Germans are punctual while Latins are usually more casual when it comes to punctuality.

3.2.1. Employee

3.2.2. Employee

3.3. Sunrise vs. Sunset

4. Communication and Language

4.1. Verbal or nonverbal

4.1.1. Employee

4.1.2. Employee

4.2. Many countries speak more than 1 language, many even more than 10.

4.2.1. Employee

4.2.2. Employee

5. Food and Feeding Habits

5.1. Manner of preparation of food; how it's presented and eaten.

5.1.1. Employee

5.1.2. Employee

5.2. Hindus don't eat beef.

5.2.1. Employee

5.2.2. Employee

5.3. Muslims and Jews don't eat pork.

5.3.1. Employee

5.3.2. Employee

6. Relationships

6.1. Relationships filtered by age, gender, wealth, power and wisdom

6.2. Monogamy vs. Polygamy and Polyandry

6.3. Men head of the family vs Women head of the family or equiality between genders.

7. Values and Norms

7.1. Survival level: Gathering of food, covering, shelter.

7.2. Higher levles require: security, job titles, law and order, recreations, etc

8. Beliefs and Attitudes

8.1. Religion vs. spiritualism

9. Mental Process and Learning

9.1. Some cultures emphazise one side of the brain to develop instead of the other, so they can observe the differences between how people think and learn.

9.2. Some cultures favor abstract thinking and conceptualization; while others prefer rote memory and learning.

10. Work Habits and Practices

10.1. Great dimension of a group's culture is their reaction towards work;

10.2. Manner and method to praise for a job accomplishment; testimonial dinner, pay increases, commendations, medals, etc.

10.3. Some cultures see work quality as an indicator of love for their family while others see work as their tool to survive.

11. Influenced mainly by the religion mostly practiced in the country.