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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM via web

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Apparently,macrocultures and microcultures intertwine with each other to create a bigger entity. Therefore, what would be some smaller microcultures that connect with each other to create an overall macroculture?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM (Answer #1)

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In the United States, there are many, many microcultures that “connect with each other to form an overall macroculture.”  A microculture consists of people who are generally connected to the overall macroculture.  They are, in most ways, similar to the average American.  At the same time, though, the members of the microculture share similar experiences, traits, values, customs, and other things that are not necessarily shared by the members of the macroculture as a whole.

Again, there are many microcultures in the United States.  African Americans can be considered a microculture.  Though they are not a monolithic group, they do tend to share some experiences and some customs that differentiate them from most Americans.  People who homeschool their children for religious reasons can be considered a microculture.  They tend to share a set of religious beliefs that are not necessarily shared in full by most Americans.  It is possible to argue that gay people form a microculture.  Their sexual orientation, as well as cultural behaviors that have grown up among them, are not like those of the majority.  People who live in rural, farming communities can be seen as a microculture.  They have experiences and customs that are not shared by most Americans.

All of these microcultures, and many more, exist in the US and combine to make up our macroculture.

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