Categories of Culture


The word culture was first used by the most famous orator of Rome, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), better known as Cicero.  He used it in terms of “cultivation of the soul.”

In the past culture was used to mean “cultured” or well educated in the arts, proper manners or protocol.  Today’s modern use of culture is about people and their ways of life in many complex and diverse environments.  Many components of culture fall into various categories like those listed below.

Categories of Culture (not all inclusive)

1.  Art and Architecture

2.  Clothing

3.  Economy

4.  Education

5.  Food

6.  Health, Healing, Medicine

7.  Government (the Political)

8.  Language

9.  Marriage/Courtship/Family



12.Subsistence (Making a Living)

13. Technology


 1.  Sociological Aspects of Culture:

Sociological aspects of culture involves interaction between individuals and other members of groups, such as family, gang, school, or church.

They also include laws, regulations, rules, and standards, which societies and groups use to govern behaviors of the group members.

2.  Ideological Aspects of Culture:

Ideological aspects of culture are about belief systems: philosophies, convictions, beliefs, faith, myths, and legends.

They also include the means by which these aspects are communicated. Particularly important among the ideological aspects are religious, political, and/or shamanistic ideologies.

3.  Technological Aspects of Culture:

Technological aspects of culture are the tools, techniques, and skills possessed by a society.

These tools and skills are used to acquire basic human needs: food, clothing, shelter, material goods, defense and security, and entertainment.  Technological aspects are most closely linked to the economic development of a society.

NOTE:  Aspects of culture relate to each other, and each one influences the other.

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