Culture as Comfort

ISBN-10: 0205880002
ISBN-13: 9780205880003
Edition: 2013
Authors: Sarah J. Mahler
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 8/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484

Presents culture and identities as continual processes of doing, rather than as things people possess.This text encourages readers to understand how we learn culture so early in life that we come to view "it" as a possession more than as our groups' particular ways of thinking and doing. We do the same for "identities" such as gender, race, nationality, and religion because these are also learned. Moreover, as we become culturally competent as children, we do not see what we do as cultural but as natural, as normal. Therefore our ways become comforting to us yet often discomforting to others and vice-versa. The author's goals are to encourage readers to understand how we acquire our cultural comfort zones so that we can expand them throughout life and to appreciate cultural diversity and similarity.Culture as Comfort is a unique learning tool that is written broadly to appeal to a wide, cross-disciplinary audience. It is not a typical textbook, nor is it a classic supplemental text. Instead, it addresses a critical scholarly concept culture using the latest multidisciplinary scholarship. It renders the information in nontechnical language, adding in the author's own insights and stories to make the information enjoyable and easy for readers to comprehend and remember.Learning GoalsUpon completing this book readers will be able to:Understand culture and identities as ongoing processes of learning patterns of thinking and doing, rather than as things we possessComprehend how learning to be culturally competent involves feeling culturally comfortable among people with whom we share culture and discomforted with those different from ourselvesRecognize that we can expand our cultural comfort zones if we embrace cultural discomforts as opportunities to continue to learn cultureApply the book's ideas to creatively solve cultural problems in their home, school, and work livesNote: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. to purchase MySearchLab, please visit: www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205895336 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205895335.

Preface
Acknowledgments
What Is Culture? What Is Culture to You?
Planned Pause 1-1 What I Think of When I Hear the Word "Culture"
Do We Inherit Culture? What Role Does Biology Play, if Any?
Rediscovering Culture for the Very First Time
Taking Stock: What Have You Learned So Far?
Planned Pause 1-2 How I View "Culture" Now
We Weren't Born to Be Random: Culture as Comfort
Seeing Culture through a Different Lens
Planned Pause 2-1 Checking In with My Cultural Discomforts
Seeing Culture through an Infant's Eyes
From Newborn Novice to Trained Toddler: Acquiring Cultural Comfort
Constructing the Puzzle of How Babies Learn Culture
Brain Activity: Converting the New into the Known
Learning Culture Is Not Memorization: Culture Is Creative but also Orderly
Conclusion
Planned Pause 2-2 Applying Culture as Comfort to Real Life
Culture as Comfort Is the Way Our Brains Develop Too
Planned Pause 3-1 "The Ways I Do My Social Status"
Building Our Brains' Cultural Circuitry
Cutting Pathways through the (Brain's) Forest of Experience
Planned Pause 3-2 My Cultural Ruts-and How to Break Out of Them
From Life's Routines to Norms to Normal: Culture, Tradition, and Institutionalization
Conclusion
To Be Human Is to Integrate Socially
Learning Culture is About Socially Integrating New People into Groups
Integrating People into Families
Integrating People into (Face-to-Face) Institutional Groups
Becoming Soldiers in Real Life and Online
Integrating into Schools, Universities and Jobs as Cultural Contexts
Beyond Face-to-Face: Integrating into Imagined Communities
Conclusion
Planned Pause 4-1 Helping Bridge Cultural Discomforts
Encountering "Others"
How Social Distinctions Arise
The Internal Lines that Divide All Human Groups
From Social Category to Categorically Unequal
Gender
Planned Pause 5-1 Doing Gender in My Society
Race
Learning Social Statuses
Ethnographies of Learning Race
Conclusion
Planned Pause 5-2 My Ideas for Raising Children to Create a Better Future for All
Doing Culture More Mindfully
Culture as Comfort's Main Points
Revealing and Analyzing Your Cultural Comforts
Planned Pause 6-1 Analyzing My Cultural Comforts
Focusing on the Immigrant Experience
Embracing Your Cultural Discomforts
Applying Culture as Comfort
Planned Pause 6-2 "How I Will Expand My Cultural Comforts"
Conclusion
Bibliography
Credits
Index

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