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Defining Culture

By Katherine Kerfoot

Culture, defined by sociologists, is the beliefs, way of life, art and customs shared, and accepted by people in a particular society. Therefore, as long as people exist, culture will never stop existing.

It is possible to be in several cultures at once. Being a GPC student puts you into a society, and there is a particular kind of student culture on each campus. Yet being a student is a smaller part of a larger society.

Culture is ruled by norms and mores. These can be traditions handed down from generation to generation or simply an unspoken agreement on how to behave.

Fringe groups will always exist, either pushing or at times exceeding the boundaries as a means of self-expression or rebellion.

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