Culture: is it a Definition or Defined?

Mar 17, 2016
by: Roan522

Does culture make people, or do people make culture? This is a massive question, but I think it hinges in large part on what one defines as culture. If one looks at individual culture, obviously, it hinges on individuals and is as nuanced and idiosyncratic as the person whose culture you are trying to decipher.

However, even discussing culture about a group can have issues. Discussing culture as a group can force people to question what one defines as a “group”. For instance, are Americans a group about whom one can discuss culture, or are otakus/weeaboos and black metallers cultures that are complex enough to warrant their own discussion. Where is one right to see correlations, and where should one stay silent so as not to be ignorant and offensive?

I do not claim to have the answers, but I would like to start a discussion in the comments and I wonder what you think about culture, individuality, and appropriation.