Meaning and characteristics of culture

Social Studies J.S.S 3 Second Term


Meaning and characteristics of culture

Performance Objectives

    1. Define culture.

    2. List the components of culture.

    3. Group the components of culture as material and non-material.

    4. State the characteristics of a culture.


Meaning of culture


Culture is referred to as the total way of life of the people. It includes people's beliefs, their way of worship, their arts and crafts, language, religion, dressing, the way of thinking, the tools they make, the way they dance, greeting, eating habits, the technology they develop and the various institutions they set up to achieve societal goals. A society can have different cultures. In a rural environment, the culture is homogenous while in an urban area, the culture is heterogeneous.


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