Does behavior drive culture, or does culture drive behavior? Sincerely, Natural Order of Things Dear Natural, The short answer is that behavior determines culture, and culture determines behavior. I did my doctoral work in psychology back in the s, studying with Albert Bandura at Stanford University. Al looks at culture and behavior through a model he has labeled reciprocal determinism.
There was mild bemusement that the passive speaking of German was not discussed. As a South African I have the opposite problem. We use the imperative form when none is required. We must have a coffee next time you are in Walldorf is not a command, merely a suggestion.
Reply Jeff Winter September 13, at 6: Or rather, that culture influences languages? Unfortunately, I am only a English-speaking office drone, and can offer no more… Reply muthu ranganathan September 13, at 8: Of late I have started to think in english, but not always.
This was a reason why indian states were primarily split by languages. Of course language had a role to play in dominating one over other based on majority. We transform our culture through the subversive power of language.
For example the political ideas behind absurdism, satire and the non sequitir. So, even today if you ask an irish person: And yes, we marketers generally do not respect enough the differences between cultures when hawking our wares in other countries, usually relegating these considerations as a simple matter of translating our collateral into the local lingo and ignoring cultural business norms altogether.
Putting the challenges of marketing aside, I often find it humorous and valuable and informative to see how language reflects the cultures from which they spring.
In Germany, the culture tends to value precision and completeness, and so produces long words which embed multiple attributes of their subjects. It is also interesting to consider the various uses of the English language across the UK, England, and Australia.
The UK version tends to sound very formal and excessively wordy to the more casual and direct Americans and Australians. Further, some forms of English used in the northern UK are virtually unitelligible to people from southern England — much less other countries.
For their part, the English tend to view American communications as brash and ill-considered, and often more than a little too friendly for their tastes. This lack of specificity reflects the culture: To me, this presents the most daunting marketing challenge — if there is no specific way to describe the value of my products and services without offending the audience, how do I get the point across without writing a book?
Anyway… I have a day job. Back to the grind. Jonathan September 19, at 4:In previous posts we have discussed how culture shapes our world, in addition to the fact that we all live in a globalized world. We commented about how our culture often influences our language, and not vice versa.
If a concept is present in our culture, it is present in our language, and likewise. Cultural meanings are expressed in language.
language is a cultural creation. It is used in old and newly created cultural institutions. Language builds cultural societies. Language is an indispensable tool; creates thought processes Culture influences language and disseminate cultural messages.
Culture plays a role in forming a child's identity, conversational style and memory. This has many implications for how to deal with children, from school to the judicial system.
Early History and Culture One of the most recognizable remnants of Japan's so-called "Tomb period" is the tomb of Emperor Nintoku, who is said to have reigned during the 4th century.
With all the technological innovations coming from modern Japan, it's easy to forget that even they had a Stone Age.
China: The Influence of History. most Chinese are very proud of China’s long history as a strong and vibrant culture and as a highly influential political and social entity. They believe. Level of influence must be based on how positive the values and behaviours of the parents is.
I think it is entirely possible to form one's own values and so forth, seperate to your family.