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Michael J. Halloran & Emiko S. Kashima

In: Individuality and the Group: Advances in Social Identity

Chapter 8: Culture, Social Identity and the Individual

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Culture, Social Identity and the Individual
Culture, social identity and the individual
Michael J.Halloran and Emiko S.Kashima
Introduction and Overview

Culture is a dynamic system of collectively held meanings and practices that are maintained and modified over time. Nevertheless, individuals who contribute to the maintenance of culture do not share all available cultural knowledge with everyone else. Culture is the sum of what various people share with others within a society with whom they also share common social identities. People with a common social identity may further share certain aspects of cultural knowledge, including beliefs about their social contexts (such as stereotypes and implicit assumptions), values, attitudes, social norms and practical skills, as part of their group life, in dealing with their common fate, or simply through sharing ...

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