Understanding global trends: Culture matters

Padang ekspres news-What does Indiana Jones have in common with Barack Obama's mother? They were both fascinated by culture. Indiana Jones studied human culture by analyzing artifacts through archeology. Obama's mother, Ann Dunham Sutoro, received her PhD in Anthropology for her work on rural development.

Many academics are saying that we now live in a multicultural society and that society is becoming even more pluralistic. Obama's victory made history, making him the first African-American to hold the highest office in the United States. Aside from his shrewd political maneuvers, could it be that his worldwide appeal stems from the fact that his character was shaped from a multicultural background? A mother from Kansas. A father from Africa. Siblings of different nationalities. Childhood memories from Indonesia. And finally finding himself in the United States.

The fact of the matter is that culture has indeed demonstrated its significance in the global market, the political realm, in academic discussions, mass media and even in the make-believe world of Hollywood movies and TV shows. But what is culture? In 1952 Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of culture. Many claim to be experts in culture, but they tend to have different approaches in their analysis of culture creating diverse and vibrant viewpoints.read more....

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