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Cultural Differences




Cultureis a major constituent of any society. It usually defines the membersof a given community by distinguishing them from other peopleoccupying a particular region. Not only is culture a way of life ofindividuals, but also includes other complex aspects, for example,art, morals, ethics, beliefs and what they know about themselves(McDonald, 2013). Numerous cultures make up the population of theearth. Each has its distinct characteristics (John, 2011). TheAmerican and Indian cultures are much different since they haveseparate practices, ideologies, and beliefs that enhanced by the factthey exist in different physical locations, therefore, they provide asuitable platform for sociology studies.

Differentcultures exist in the world. Recent studies indicate that thegeographical location of a certain population greatly influences thecharacteristics of its traditions. Relevant examples have beenstudied, for instance, the American and Indian cultures, whichindicate specific similarities and differences (Kendall, 2015). Thesetwo civilizations exist in different physical locations, which makesthem exhibit unlike characteristics.

Forinstance, the American civilization is made up of varied culturesoriginating from distinct parts of the world. In the modern times,the American customs are collectively referred as the westerncivilization. Consequently, the American language has been influencedgreatly by the diverse doctrines. The 2011 Census of the UnitedStates indicated that there were more than 290 languages used as amode of communication in the country (Houston, 2011).They range fromAfrican Americans, Russian, Italian, Hindi, Polish, Swedish, German,and Hebrew, just to mention a few.

Moreover,the miscellaneous ethnicity in America also has a direct influence onthe general symbols such as the state emblems, for instance, the baldeagle, Abraham Lincoln’s hat and the American flag which unitethem. It also has material objects defining its citizens, forexample, their clothing style that ranges from cowboy hats, jeans,sneakers among others, to basic household appliances that areimportant in any typical nuclear family such as television sets,music systems, and laundry machines among others. The civilizationalso includes behavior whereby, values such as privacy, equality,individuality, hard work, minding about the future among others, arepresent. Americans are also known to be welcoming and easy to coexistwith (Isajiw et al., 2006).

Onthe other hand, the Indian culture also presents its multipleattributes considering that it is among the oldest civilizationsexisting in one of the most populated nations in the world. Like theAmerican civilization, it also inculcates several other doctrines,which have a direct influence on the language individuals’ use. Thedominant language spoken in the Indian culture is Hindi, but otherminor languages include Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, and Marathi amongothers. The Indian behavior is among the most etiquette-oriented inthe world. Aspects such as dining etiquette, gift giving routine,business protocol among others make up the Indian civilization. Theirdressing is also distinctly defined in terms of gender, whereby, itis modest and conservative (Houston, 2011).

Also,the Indian culture is mostly religious hence, it has several symbolsand material objects that go with it. For example, the cow isconsidered a symbol of peace and, therefore, few people consume beef.Being a religious nation, the Indian culture has included severalobjects to signify the presence of the numerous gods they worship(Houston, 2011). There also exists national symbols like the nationalbird, tree, animal that unites its people. All these are observed inthe Indian culture by its members whether in private or public domain(Isajiw et al., 2006).

Interestingly,as much as these two cultures exist differently, they do possessobvious similarities. Both the American and the Indian cultures aremade up of several ethnic groups. This is seen from the numeroustribes and races which exist in both civilizations. The two culturesalso have national symbols that are observed by its members (Isajiwet al., 2006). Besides, they own similar household equipment. Thetraditions also cover vast regions in their specific countries.Scholars have focused widely on them because of their largepopulations in the world (Gregory, 2012).

However,the civilizations have attributes that are unique to themselves. Forexample, the Indian traditions are conservative in that they arestrictly defined in terms of gender-related issues such as thedressing code, rights, and privileges. The American culture, on theother hand, does not have strict observance of these attributes.Restrictions that are found in the Indian culture as are also evidentfrom the food they consume. For example, Indians avoid beef, unlikethe American setting where anything regarded edible is consumed.Lastly, the Indian’s way of life is largely governed by religionwhereas the American civilization is not limited to this (Houston,2011).


Cultureis a broad field of study that defines humanity. The severalcivilizations that exist in the world have their specific attributesthat tell them apart, for example, different languages, religion,lifestyle, and symbols that define them. Despite the people beinglocated in distinct parts of the world, the ways of life have provento have several similarities like having the same lifestyle, severalethnic groups, and having several identical unifying factors. Thismakes culture a field of interest to the study of sociology.


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