Sociology Personal Cultural Analysis
Objectives: The purpose of this assignment is to help you conduct a personal cultural analysis and uncover the cultural conditioning from childhood culture/micro-culture that is at once “invisible yet pervasive” in your daily life.
Part one: Identification of Culture ( One short paragraph): The first task is identification of your childhood culture/micro-culture. For some people, personal culture background will seem very obvious, for others it will require thoughtful effort to identify and describe. Regardless, everyone has a childhood culture/micro-culture that ats as a pervasive default program about oneself and the world. One may also find that fuller expression of childhood cultural background requires more than one social category. Many people find it useful to choose a few social categories to express their cultural background such as nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, native/ immigrant status. Using myself as an example, ” I grew up in a middle class, Chinese family in Beijing China, and was an immigrant when I was 14. ”
Part two: Analysis of cultural identity, values, and communication ( two pages):
Analyze how your childhood culture/micro-culture has impacted you in terms of self-identity, values, communication assumptions, styles, and behaviors.
Part three: Analysis of lower affinity cultural groups and impact(two or more pages):
Identify two groups in America often regarded as ” lower affinity” from the perspective of your culture. Write one page for each lower affinity group. Group may be regarded as “low affinity” if regarded as emotionally distant from your group. Very often there are negative perceptions and prejudices, but minimally there is anxiety and lack of understanding, trust, or desire to engage socially. The most common lower affinity groups in America are based on differences such as race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, immigration status. Reflect and discuss what kinds of messages, verbal and non-verbal, explicit or subtle, that you have heard expressed about each of those two lower affinity groups.
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