Black History Culture : What is Black culture?

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  1. ManicRaider

    ManicRaider Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sorry if you were expecting an answer or long sophisticated essay on what "true" Black culture is. I'm actually hoping to get some answers myself.
     
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    Ok.. first you start with a definition of "Culture".
    Then you lay that definition over the people in question.. in this case "Black people".. and there you have it.. a description of so-called "Black Culture".

    And.. feel free to use this same formula wherever you like.. for example: Family culture.. School culture... Houston Culture.. Chinese Culture.. Regional culture... Yoruba Culture.. British Culture.. Online Community culture... and so on.. and so on.. and so on.

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    Just in case you are actually serious:

    If you are interested in describing an Ethnic groups ways of living.. being..., you may want to research the term "Folkway". There is an excellent book by David Hackett Fischer entitled, "Albion's Seed, Four British Folkways In America" where the author structures the entire book around this definition of "Folkway". Not to be confused with the popular definition of "Folkways" first described by [2]Sumner, "Folkway" is defined as, "the normative structure of values, customs and meanings that exist in every culture".. and his use of the word "culture" here is speaking of America as a whole.. but the same principles apply when you zoom-in on a specific group.

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    1. "Albion's Seed, Four British Folkways In America", by David Hacket Fischer
    2. "Folkways", William Graham Sumner
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24253/24253-h/24253-h.htm
     
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    You're in luck.. Fischer's book has a Wikepedia page that outlines the different elements of Folkway:

    • Speech Ways: “Conventional patterns of written and spoken language; pronunciation, vocabulary, syntax and grammar.”
    • Building Ways: “Prevailing forms of vernacular architecture and high architecture, which tend to be related to one another.”
    • Family Ways: “The structure and function of the household and family, both in ideal and actuality.”
    • Marriage Ways: “Ideas of the marriage-bond, and cultural processes of courtship, marriage and divorce.”
    • Gender Ways: “Customs that regulate social relations between men and women.”
    • Sex Ways: “Conventional sexual attitudes and acts, and the treatment of sexual deviance.”
    • Child-Rearing Ways: “Ideas of child nature and customs of child nurture.”
    • Naming Ways: “Onomastic customs including favoured forenames and the descent of names within the family.”
    • Age Ways: “ Attitudes towards age, experiences of aging and age relationships.”
    • Death Ways: “Attitudes towards death, mortality rituals, mortuary customs and mourning practices.”
    • Religious Ways: “Patterns of religious worship, theology, ecclesiology and church architecture.”
    • Magic Ways: “ Normative beliefs and practices concerning the supernatural.”
    • Learning Ways: “ Attitudes toward literacy and learning, and conventional patterns of education.”
    • Food Ways: “Patterns of diet, nutrition, cooking, eating, feasting and fasting.”
    • Dress Ways: “ Customs of dress, demeanor, and personal adornment.”
    • Sport Ways: “ Attitudes toward recreation and leisure; folk games and forms of organized sport.”
    • Work Ways: “Work ethics and work experiences; attitudes toward work and the nature of work.”
    • Time Ways: “ Attitudes toward the use of time, customary methods of time keeping, and the conventional rhythms of life.”
    • Wealth Ways: “ Attitudes towards wealth and patterns of its distribution.”
    • Rank Ways: “The rules by which rank is assigned, the roles which rank entails, and the relations between different ranks.”
    • Social Ways: “Conventional patterns of migration, settlement, association and affiliation.”
    • Order Ways: “Ideas of order, ordering institutions, forms of disorder, and treatment of the disorderly.”
    • Power Ways: “Attitudes toward authority and power; patterns of political participation.”
    • Freedom Ways: “Prevailing ideas of liberty and restraint, and libertarian customs and institutions.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion's_Seed
     
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    and.. in the same way that Fischer modified Sumner's term to fit his thesis.. you would probably need to tweak Fischer's term to fit your own..

    anyway..

    peace out..
     
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    Generally speaking, when a question is asked, the reason is to get an answer. We understand you don't have the answer and are seeking.

    But from reading the posts, you've been given some pretty good darn answers or pathways for finding the answer, yup!



     
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    After looking up culture for 1000th time and then asking this question, I have come to the conclusion that culture is just a list of things that the majority of a group do or are most known for. Culture in my honest opinion is dumb and lame. No offense to anyone whose passionate about that kind of stuff.
     
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    brilliant!
     
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    Culture doesn't think so how could it be dumb? Of course, it may be lame because it doesn't have the ability to walk. (Maybe it is dumb since it can't think). Or maybe people are dumb and lame to begin with.
     
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    I think people are dumb and lame myself personally.
     
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    Culture seems to be a perception of someone or things history of abilities (food,being black etc). So it's up to the person seeing (perception) weather the word culture is a dumb, misgiving word or not. Culture is the big box and there seen abilities are little boxes within. In other words you can change the size but it's gonna fit in with your help[.
     
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