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the set of beliefs, customs, and attitudes of a distinct group of people


strongly held concepts that are present in a culture


social rules that affect behaviors and actions, and represent cultural values

folkways and mores

cultural customs that dictate how people act socially


the part a person plays in a social situation


a smaller group or subest within a larger culture

social institutions

the organizations that represent the patterns of activity that express the culture of a country

culture shock

a reaction that newcomers to a culture may experience; reactions may include feeling uncomfortable, afraid, resentful, and/or intrigued

cultural baggage

a set of cultural attitudes that include the beliefs, values, and assumptions that people carry with them throughout life

cultural bias

a preconceived attitude of favoring or disliking a particular culture


the practice of identifying a person or group by a single trait, or as a member of a certain group instead of as an individual


the belief that one's own culture is better than all other cultures

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