Understanding Culture and Society

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What is the primary reason for the reaction to change in a culture?

The inheritance of cultural traditions and stability

What is the role of personal decisions in shaping the future and culture?

They are one of the many factors that contribute to cultural change

What is the common thread among people who share a particular culture?

They acquired the culture through their upbringing

What is the term used to describe the body of cultural traditions that distinguish a specific society?


Which of the following is NOT a factor that can cause cultural change?

Personality traits

How many layers or levels of culture are part of our learned behavior patterns and perceptions?

At least three

What is the definition of culture according to the HarperCollins Dictionary of Sociology?

A complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.

What is the way of life for an entire society referred to as?


According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, what does culture encompass in addition to art and literature?

Lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs

What is the term for the behaviors, arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation?


How is culture traditionally divided?

Into material, social and normative culture

What is an example of a system of belief that is part of culture?


What has been a social impact of cultural change in the UAE?

Greater cultural diversity and interconnectedness among residents

How has cultural change affected the economy of the UAE?

It has contributed to the growth of sectors such as tourism and entertainment

What has been an environmental impact of cultural change in the UAE?

Influenced consumption patterns and lifestyle choices

What is one of the UAE government's initiatives to preserve local culture?

The establishment of cultural institutions like the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

What is the aim of the UAE government's efforts to promote traditional arts, crafts, and festivals?

To safeguard Emirati heritage and identity

What is a common characteristic of cultural universals?

They are shared by all of humanity collectively.

Which of the following is NOT an example of a cultural universal?

Wearing traditional clothing.

What has contributed to the change in traditional Emirati music?

Globalization and urbanization.

What has been the impact of expatriate communities on the language in the UAE?

A blend of Arabic and other languages.

What is the result of cultural change in the UAE in terms of music and language?

The emergence of new genres and styles.

What are the factors that have contributed to cultural change in the UAE?

Globalization and technological advancements.

What is a subculture?

A group of people who share a common identity and cultural traditions

What is a characteristic of subcultures in diverse societies?

They retain much of their original cultural traditions

Which of the following is an example of an identifiable subculture in the United States?

Vietnamese Americans

What happens to a subculture when its cultural differences with the dominant national culture blur and eventually disappear?

It becomes a group of people who claim a common ancestry

Why do German Americans and Irish Americans in the United States today identify themselves as Americans first?

Because they see themselves as being part of the cultural mainstream of the nation

What is true about the relationship between a subculture and the dominant national culture?

A subculture is often distinct from the dominant national culture

Explore the key elements of culture, including behaviors, arts, beliefs, and institutions, and how they are passed down from generation to generation. Learn about the importance of culture in shaping society and human behavior. This quiz is based on adapted materials from Strathmore University and Palomar College.

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