Culture and Its Influence
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The people of the United States have the most interesting and diverse culture in the world. Apart from diversity, the U.S culture has great influence and has been adopted by many countries globally. The United States culture is primarily based on the Western/European culture but it has multicultural elements as a result of migration that happened throughout history. Instead of disarming the various nationalities who had immigrated, the United States demonstrated cultural intelligence by adopting other people’s culture. People become more trusting and open when individuals from other cultures adopt their habits and eventually understand what it is like to be them (Earley, & Mosakowski, 2004). The aim of this paper is to discuss culture and its influence and it will be based in the United States.
The United States was initially a British colony back in the 17th century and this played a significant role in establishing their culture as we see it today (Jacobs, 2009). For instance, borrowed from the western world, a family in the United States is headed by the father and it consists of few members. Most importantly, education is considered as the key to success and education is highly prioritized in America. In the recent past, there has been increased activism in the U.S seeking gender equality and as of now, women are considered as equals with men even though male dominance is still high. Also, the American culture respects both children and the elderly. Children’s education and health is highly prioritized and their healthcare system has a robust programme that takes care of the needs for the elderly. America has a wide range of legal and political systems that has been adopted by other nations. For instance, corruption is highly condemned in the U.S and the American companies are not allowed to bribe to foreign officials since it is considered as a criminal act (Tanzi, 1998). This has largely influenced the international institutions to not accept corruption. The American political system, the presidential system is practiced in more than three quarters of countries in the world as it emphasizes and reinforces democracy.
The U.S has one of the highest levels of literacy in the world with only 14 percent of people who are unable to read (Strauss, 2016). This means that America has a high level of civilization as it goes along with education. Infant mortality rate, which is an indicator of the health of a population, has currently declined with 15 percent in the U.S which means that the standards of health have improved. Another aspect that is characteristic of the U.S is that adults are expected to live up to 79 years of age.
The way of the United States of America is unique in the sense that they are liberal in nature; the freedom of doing what one feels like provided they follow the law. What is more, multiculturalism is a unique factor in the U.S and it is highly attributed to the success of the nation. Producing more good than harm is the best for a country (DeGeorge, 2000). The U.S does not discriminate against other communities since they believe that they can be of help to the growth of their nation, which is true.
Typically, the American people are friendly to the outsiders and there are no social norms that are closed. The non-American citizens are allowed to express their views and make their contributions to the country as long as it does not harm or make others uncomfortable (Zimmermann, 2017). America mainly prefers the Christianity religion even though it has not come out clearly regarding that but generally, there is freedom of worship in the U.S.
Majority of the people in the U.S belong to the middle or working class even though the level of poverty is significantly high with the minorities, such as the African-Americans being the most socioeconomically deprived (Zimmermann, 2017). The role of women has currently taken another route in the U.S and more women are now working and have become independent compared to the earlier years when they would mostly stay at home and take care of the children.
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