What is your personal cultural inventory?
Describe your values and beliefs, the social norms in which you conform, the expressive symbols (including language) you understand and use regularly, your daily practices, and the artifacts you use frequently and those you treasure.
How did you learn culture?
Explain the socializing agents responsible for teaching you the traditions, customs, and rituals you live by and follow.
What impact does culture have on your identity?
Discuss how your culture influences your self-image,
views, and role in society.
How does culture influence your thinking and behavior towards others?
Explain how your culture impacts the image or understanding you have about others including assumptions, stereotypes, and prejudices.
Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas
Please read and respond to at least two of your peers’ initial postings. You may want to consider the following questions in your responses to your peers:
Compare and contrast your initial posting with those of your peers.
How are they similar or how are they different?
What information can you add that would help support the responses of your peers?
Ask your peers a question for clarification about their post.
What most interests you about their responses?
Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas
Christia JacksonChristia Jackson (She/Her)MondayApr 3 at 3:34pmManage Discussion EntryWhat is your personal cultural inventory? Describe your values and beliefs, the social norms to which you conform, the expressive symbols (including language) you understand and use regularly, your daily practices, and the artifacts you use frequently and those you treasure.My personal culture inventory is based from non-material culture this includes the way I think and act. Going to church Sunday and believing in God is one of these aspects. I believe that praying and being closer to God has a more positive impact on my life.How did you learn culture? Explain the socializing agents responsible for teaching you the traditions, customs, and rituals you live by and follow.I learned culture through my family growing up. I first learned to use the tangible objects of material culture in various settings being taught by my family. I was also introduced by them to the beliefs and values of society.What impact does culture have on your identity? Discuss how your culture influences your self-image, views, and role in society.Culture influences my personality and how it is displayed, such as traits I value like self-esteem, humility, politeness, etc., My identity and how I feel about myself is largely the result of my environment and immediate surroundings.How does culture influence your thinking and behavior towards others? Explain how your culture impacts the image or understanding you have about others including assumptions, stereotypes, and prejudices.I respect other people’s values and social norms because I want them to do the same thing when it comes to my own. Culture dictates and influences how we live and work. My cultural practices become habitual from frequent repetition. This is a cultural pattern and becomes viewed as the norm. ReplyReply to CommentCollapse SubdiscussionHeather Gilvary-HamadHeather Gilvary-HamadYesterdayApr 5 at 11:44pmManage Discussion EntryMy cultural inventory made a profound shift on my 11th wedding anniversary on 09/30/2012 when I made my shahada and became Muslim. Even though this was 10.5 years ago, it was also a cultural shift that you could say began in 1996 and continues today. In Islam, we say that Islam is not just a religion but it is an entire way of life. On that day, I remember my daughter cried as I made my shahada (or conversion). I remember I was taken aback by her response because I had thought nothing had really changed. But as time has gone by, I realize now that everything changed for me on that day. Interestingly, as an adult convert, it was profoundly confusing for me to distinguish between religious instruction and my husband’s family’s culture as well as the cultural practices of those around me. When I would question why one person would do one thing and say it was from Islam and another would do something different and claim that it too, was from the religion I was very confused. But then I found an organization of women scholars in Minnesota who have helped me tremendously in separating culture from religion. These women from Rabata have been a wonderful source of information on cultural norms, values, and traditions. I know that I can trust their guidance as it is based on scholarly study and research. When I’m not in classes at Herzing, I am participating in their online classes, workshops, and retreats to gain more knowledge.Another source of influence has been my mother-in-law. We don’t often converse due to the difficulties of our language barrier. But she is a person of gratitude. She has lived an extraordinarily hard life. She most certainly has had her fair share of ACES, while witnessing helplessly as her own children face the same struggles she did. But she only ever says, “Thanks be to God” or in Arabic, “Alhumdulliah”. If she’s talking about the good harvest of olives and oranges it is Thanks be to God. If she’s talking about the loss of children, land, or loved ones due to constant war, it is still always, “Thanks be to God.” I have learned from her the value of gratitude in daily life.In Islam we use the primary source of knowledge as the Holy Qur’an. Next, we look to the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). But as a new learner in this journey, I must turn to others who are more knowledgeable. My daily symbols are English and very broken Arabic. Arabic is essential to understanding the beauty of the written Qur’an. However, it is not within my capabilities. This means that in many ways, I am cut out from fully participating in our traditions. For instance, when someone passes away, their family, friends, and community will each take a portion of the Qur’an to read. As I am unable to do so, I am on the sidelines at this important milestone in someone’s life. The best parallel I can draw to my poor Arabic skills is from the movie Happy Feet. The poor main character desires to be able to sing beautifully like the other penguins. But when he tries to sing, it sounds terrible and they banish him from the community. While no one has banished me from the Muslim community, I feel a sense of loss in not being able to mourn in the way most valued by our community. This has been one of the most difficult components of my conversion is accepting that my efforts are rewarded for the very reason that they are a struggle. At times it does negatively impact my self-esteem as I want so to be able to sing beautifully rather than squawk like a duck. But we are told that God rewards those who practice consistency. For that reason, I have finally concluded it is better for me to say one line of the Qur’an perfectly well than to give up and walk away.I hope that Islam has impacted my daily life in my prayers, communication with others, and behavior. We value kindness to others, a strong sense of social justice, and respecting and care for our parents. Another favorite value of Islam for me is the constant search for knowledge. The very first word of revelation that the Prophet, an illiterate man, received was “Read (the Qur’an). When he protested he could not read, it was commanded again to “Read’. We are told to seek knowledge wherever we find it, even if we have to go to the ends of the Earth.
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