What makes it a social group, rather than just a collection of people? Why was the group formed? What is the purpose of the group?

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Identify a social group that you are a member of. (Culture, see copied text to reference).

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What makes it a social group, rather than just a collection of people?

Why was the group formed? What is the purpose of the group?

What is your role as a member?

Describe interactions among members of the group.

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Cultures. Another type of very large social group, and one that has profound consequences for human development and activity, is the culture (Kitayama & Cohen, 2010). A culture is a large social group made up of individuals who are normally in geographic proximity and who share a common set of beliefs and values, such as language, religion, and family practices. Cultures affect our behavior because we normally live in one specific environment or ecological system and this environment profoundly shapes every aspect of our existence (Oishi & Graham, 2010).

Culture: A large social group made up of individuals who are normally in geographic proximity with each other and who share a common set of social norms.

Although cultures can sometimes be associated with a single social category (for instance, we might speak of an African American culture in the United States), in other cases, individuals from many different social categories share the same culture (in the United States, as an example, there is a common “American” culture which is shared, to a large degree, by the members of the many different ethnic groups who live there). Individuals who grow up in the same culture develop shared values, beliefs, and opinions, and these differences are exceedingly important for understanding both how people feel about themselves and how they relate to others. As we will see in the chapters to come, although the variation in backgrounds, beliefs, expectations, and behaviors of people from different cultures may be advantageous for diverse working groups, these same differences may also potentially produce misunderstandings and conflict.

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Reference: Stagnor, C. (2016). Social Groups in Action and Interaction (2nd ed.) Florence, KY: Taylor & Francis.

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