Culture vs. Subcultures

PROMPT #3 – Culture vs. Subcultures(400words)

This week we’ve learned about how group memberships matter to our sense of self. This prompt is intended to get a conversation started about this topic.

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Why are Deer Hunters (as described in the readings for this week) considered to be a subculture as opposed to a counterculture? Are you familiar with the workings of this subculture? Are you a member of this group? What supports or barriers do you perceive to you joining this subculture?

What (other) subcultures do you belong to? How do your memberships in subculture groups provide you with a sense of belonging and group membership? What are some of the characteristics of your subculture membership that make your group distinct from the larger culture? (e.g., what symbols, gestures, rituals, values, norms, etc. distinguish your group?) In all, I would like us to discuss the various nuances to group membership here – what are the implications of the importance of groups in society and how do you see this illuminated in your own life?

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