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Culture as comfort : many things you know about culture (but might not realize)

Author: Sarah J Mahler
Publisher: Boston, MA : Pearson Education, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
"This text encourages readers to understand how we learn culture so early in life that we come to view “it” as a possession more than as our groups’ particular ways of thinking and doing. We do the same for “identities” such as gender, race, nationality, and religion because these are also learned. Moreover, as we become culturally competent as children, we do not see what we do as cultural but as natural, as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah J Mahler
ISBN: 9780205880003 0205880002
OCLC Number: 815757461
Description: xiv, 142 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: What Is Culture? What Is Culture to You? Planned Pause 1-1 What I think of When I Hear the Word "Culture" ; Do We Inherit Culture? What Role Does Biology Play, if Any? ; Rediscovering Culture for the Very First Time ; Taking Stock; What Have You Learned So Far? ; Planned Pause 1-2 How I View "Culture" Now --
Chapter 2: We Weren't Born to Be Random: Culture as Comfort. Seeing Culture through a Different Lens ; Planned Pause 2-1 Checking In with My Cultural Discomforts ; Seeing Culture through an Infant's Eyes ; From Newborn Novice to Trained Toddler: Acquiring Cultural Comfort ; Constructing the Puzzle of How Babies Learn Culture ; Brain Activity: Converting the New into the Known ; Learning Culture Is Not Memorization: Culture Is Creative but also Orderly ; Conclusion ; Planned Pause 2-2 Applying Culture as Comfort to Real Life --
Chapter 3: Culture as Comfort Is the Way Our Brains Develop Too. Planned Pause 3-1 "The Ways I Do My Social Status" ; Building Our Brains' Cultural Circuitry ; Cutting Pathways through the (Brain's) Forest of Experience ; Planned Pause 3-2 My Cultural Ruts--and How to Break Out of Them ; From Life's Routines to Norms to Normal: Culture, Tradition, and Institutionalization ; Conclusion --
Chapter 4: To Be Human Is To Integrate Socially. Learning Culture is About Socially Integrating New People into Groups ; Integrating People into Families ; Integrating People into (Face-to-Face) Institutional Groups Becoming Soldiers in Real Life and Online ; Integrating into Schools, Universities and Jobs as Cultural Contexts ; Beyond Face-to-Face: Integrating into Imagined Communities ; Conclusion ; Planned Pause 4-1 Helping Bridge Cultural Discomforts --
Chapter 5: Encountering "Others". How Social Distinctions Arise ; The Internal Lines that Divide All Human Groups ; From Social Category to Categorically Unequal ; Gender ; Planned Pause 5-1 Doing Gender in My Society ; Race ; Learning Social Statuses ; Ethnographies of Learning Race ; Conclusion ; Planned Pause 5-2 My Ideas for Raising Children to Create a Better Future for All --
Chapter 6: Doing Culture More Mindfully. Culture as Comfort's Main Points ; Revealing and Analyzing Your Cultural Comforts ; Planned Pause 6-1 Analyzing My Cultural Comforts ; Focusing on the Immigrant Experience ; Embracing Your Cultural Discomforts ; Applying Culture As Comfort ; Planned Pause 6-2 "How I Will Expand My Cultural Comforts" ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Sarah J. Mahler.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-136) and index. 
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