Cultural construction can be explained in several ways. For example, the Victorian era England was quite different from the 21st century England. Victorian era England encouraged stay-at-home mothers and promoted women to be prime minister. The way that we communicate also differs greatly across generations. While the older generations relied on traditional means of communication such as letters and phone calls, younger generations prefer texting and social media apps.
Examples of cultural constructs
Cultural constructs are the products of shared experiences. These constructs enable human behavior and cooperation, as well as contribute to a culture’s quality of life and productivity. However, these constructs are not explained by hard science, and they are difficult to change. Many postmodernists are hostile to these constructs because they believe that reality is entirely subjective, and therefore cannot be explained.
Theories of cultural construction
Theories of cultural construction are a branch of cultural studies. They study how societies construct their own cultures through the use of social constructs, including race, gender, and ethnicity. These social constructs give meaning to individuals and groups and can be useful for explaining social differences. They can also shed societal attitudes and beliefs about the qualities of certain groups.
Influence of culture on moral concepts of individuals
Culture shapes morality and sets the standards that people follow. Moral rules are a particular part of human culture, and some of these are backed by enforced sanctions. People’s moral behavior is dependent on their culturally learned knowledge of the rules and standards that they observe. In other words, morality and ethics are deeply interconnected.
Throughout history, humans have developed moral codes that are part of their cultures. These codes suppress upstarts and reward beneficial behavior. Proscribed behavior includes aggressive bullying and deceptive cheating. In addition, cultures often praise helpful behaviors by employing the instrument of language. In some cultures, moral beliefs are largely based on factual beliefs.
Although culture shapes moral concepts, it does not imply that moral values are unimportant. Rather, it shows that moral values have a strong influence on human behaviour. Schwartz & Bardi found that, despite the lack of uniformity among humans, there is a surprising amount of cross-cultural consensus on moral values. Moral rules and obligations are given high priority in many cultures. The strength of these rules is reflected in their ability to override other social rules and the extent to which they are applied.
Culture has a profound impact on human life. While other species exhibit evidence of fragmentary cultural learning, human cultural learning is highly rapid, cumulative, and supported by sophisticated language. Although animal behaviour researchers are often prone to misapplying the term “culture”, it is important to understand that cultural learning is a socially learned process.
Culture has shaped human life from the beginning. While different cultures have different values and principles, they are integral to human development. However, culture does not necessarily raise its members to their fullest potential. If the culture is not in keeping with its members’ needs and goals, the consequences are far reaching.
In the early days of philosophy, skepticism was prevalent. The philosopher David Hume claimed that moral prescriptions cannot be based on facts. He argued that morality is based on feelings and not on objective facts. Though Hume was not a relatist, his arguments helped to solidify elements of relativism. As a result, the fact-value distinction became a mainstay of science and philosophy.
Research on cultural constructs
Cultural constructs can be seen throughout history, particularly in the fields of gender, relationships, and marriage. These constructs often emphasize distinct ideas about males and females that define manhood and womanhood. Cultural constructions often give us insights into how people live their lives. One interesting example is the Women’s Kingdom, which depicts a culture with women occupying roles that are often considered unusual. These women, who live in a community called Wujiao Village, have been there for over a thousand years.
Different cultures have different views of social and political leaders. In some cultures, leaders enjoy a higher social status and are respected more than other citizens. Similarly, attitudes toward older people and the age of retirement vary from culture to culture. In some cultures, aging is viewed as a positive experience, while in others, the concept is viewed as a burden.
Another example of a cultural construct is the perception of death. In Western cultures, death is seen as the end of a person’s life, but in other cultures, death is seen as the closure of a phase of life and the beginning of another. As such, cultural constructs influence how we grieve. For example, in Muslim societies, the concept of mourning is associated with halva, which symbolizes death.
Cultural constructs also play an important role in socialization, which is the process by which individuals learn how to behave within different cultures. By understanding these differences, SCNs are better able to plan person-centred care. The SCN can give advice and support, while providing information that does not necessarily reflect cultural values. Furthermore, cultures change over time, and values change from generation to generation. It is important to note that these differences should not be taken to mean that we can’t generalise cultural findings across cultures.
Research on cultural constructs also enables us to measure the impact of culture on individuals and societies. Researchers can compare the effects of media, social factors, and political and economic factors on these constructs. Moreover, they can study the ways in which a group resists a dominant group.