As a psychological construct, culture is a shared meaning-making system. It is transmitted intergenerationally. As a meaning-making system, culture is composed of a group narrative or history. It is also constituted by specified ontological (understanding of the nature of reality), epistemological (ways of knowing reality and truth), axiological (value standards), and teleological (purpose) orientations. Culture prescribes commonly accepted roles and behavioral norms, communication patterns, and affectivity. Identity is the sensation and perception of a self. Taken together, cultural identity can be thought of as one’s sensation and perception of a self as it is informed by a shared and intergenerationally transmitted integrated historical, ontological, epistemological, axiological, and teleological meaning-making system.

The study of cultural identity is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, with roots in social/personality psychology, microsociology, and ...

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