Module 1
Cultures of the World & Family and Kinship
"There is an invisible garment around us from our earliest years. It is made of the way we walk, the way we greet people, woven of tastes and colours which our senses spin in childhood." - Jean Giraudoux

Cultures of the World 1.1

Why cultural diversity matters?

Why cultural diversity matters?

Michael Gavin, associate Professor of human dimensions of natural resources researches biological diversity, and discusses the importance that history, language and tradition have in the preservation of culture.

Cultures of the World 1.2 SSD

Cultures of the World 1.2 SSD

Suya tribe of Central Brazil

Suya tribe of Central Brazil

Anthony Seeger, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses the main focus of his career - the music of the Suyá Indians of Central Brazil He gives a quick but fascinating lesson in their musical folkways, the central role that music plays in their culture and society, how the Suyá use music to structure their sense of time, their instrumentation and use of voice, the place that music education plays in the raising of their children, and their reluctance to adopt the instrumentation or techniques of other cultures even as they gladly appropriate their songs. In addition, he sings one of the songs the Suyá perform during rainy season.

Everything you always wanted to know about culture!

Everything you always wanted to know about culture!

SABA F. SAFDAR is an Iranian-born Canadian-educated Associate Professor. Her research primarily examines the wide range of factors that could help to understand adaptation processes of immigrants. She studies the influence of the psychological resilience of immigrants, of their beliefs and strategies, and of their ethnic and national identities on their adaptation in a new society. In addition to her research on immigration, she is interested in examining the academic, psychological, and social adaptation processes among international students.

Cultural Psychology: Hazel Markus-Our Cultures, Our Selves: The Sources of Belongingness

Cultural Psychology: Hazel Markus-Our Cultures, Our Selves: The Sources of Belongingness

Many will find that they might like to focus on the module and in that case the  resources on this site can be read or listened to later in the programme when prompted by your tutor.

Markus discusses how  our cultures shape our selves, and our selves feed into the cultures of which we are a part.   She illustrates that belongingness requires a match between one’s view of self and the contexts in which one lives and works. Most universities, for example, promote an independent view of self. In “Our Cultures, Our Selves: The Sources of Belongingness” Hazel Rose Markus,  examines how the self is shaped by the social world and how the self organises thought, feeling, and action.

Culture and identity

Culture and identity

Hofstede's framework in brief

Hofstede's framework in brief

Geert Hofstede talks about his recent research

Geert Hofstede talks about his recent research

Hofstede's overview

Hofstede's overview

Understanding Organisational Culture (Hofstede& Trompenaars and Hampden- Turner)

Understanding Organisational Culture (Hofstede& Trompenaars and Hampden- Turner)

Schein's iceberg model in found on page 27 of "Understanding an organisation means understanding its culture."

Hofstede - Culturally questionable

Hofstede - Culturally questionable

Franz Boas - The Shackles of Tradition (Youtube)

Franz Boas - The Shackles of Tradition (Youtube)

Culture and Cultural Relativity (Cultural Anthropology Lecture 3)

Culture and Cultural Relativity (Cultural Anthropology Lecture 3)

Photographer Phil Borges shows rarely seen images of people from the mountains of Dharamsala, India, and the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon. In documenting these endangered cultures, he intends to help preserve them.

Lecture 1 Cultures of the World/Supplementary Lecture

Lecture 1 Cultures of the World/Supplementary Lecture

Family and Kinship 1.2

Family and Kinship 1.2

Family and Kinship PDF

Family and Kinship PDF

Family and Diversty OECD

Family and Diversty OECD

The European Alliance for Families

The European Alliance for Families

Hidden Violencs, Protecting young children at home

Hidden Violencs, Protecting young children at home

Family Relationships: the ties than bind

Family Relationships: the ties than bind

An Overview on Marriage

An Overview on Marriage