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Community Work & Cultural Studies Week 3 2014

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Jo Dolby

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Community Work and Cultural Studies - Week 3
1.The arts and artistic activity 2.The learned, primarily symbolic features of a particular way of life 3.A process of development
What is culture?
Cultures and Worldviews
Anthropology = acculturation or enculturation Psychology = conditioning
Sociology = socialization.
Culture is learned
‘Socialization is the process whereby, through contact with other human beings, the helpless infant gradually becomes a self-aware, knowledgeable human being, skilled in the ways of the culture in which he or she was born’
From 'Introducing Cultural Studies' - p.4
‘Culture is a way of thinking, feeling, believing, It is the group’s knowledge stored up for future use’ - Clyde Kluckhohn – (Hesselgrave, 1991, p.100)
What is Culture?
‘Culture is a design for living. It is a plan according to which society adapts itself to its physical, social and ideational environment…cultures are but different answers to essentially the same human problems’ - Luzbetak (Hesselgrave, 1991, p.100)
"A subculture group is a social-cultural formation that exists as a sort of island or enclave within the larger society"
From Man in Context by Jordaan and Jordaan (1984);
‘A worldview is a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or sub-consciously) about the make-up of our world’ (Clash of Worlds, p.12)
Hiebert’s dimensions of culture: (Hiebert, p.26)
Hiebert’s dimensions of culture: (Hiebert, p.26)
Burnett’s questions:
1) What beliefs are strongly held?
2) How do parents teach children to behave?
3) What do people regard as major offences or sins?
4) What do people do in crisis?
5) What rituals do people perform?
6) Who are the trend-setters?
7) What are the greatest fears that people have?
8) What are considered to be words of wisdom?
9) What is expressed in the art forms of the people?
10)What aspects of the culture are most resistant to change?
Identifying Other Worldviews
Split into pairs and spend 15 minutes asking about the other person’s worldview. The following questions may help you:

1) What beliefs are strongly held?
2) What do they regard as major offences or sins?
3) What do they do in crisis?
4) What rituals do they perform?
5) Who are the trend-setters or influencers in their lives?
6) What are the greatest fears they have?
7) What are considered to be words of wisdom they live by?
8) What are their values?
9) What do they think is the meaning of life?
10) How do they see other people?

Write down a paragraph that sums up their worldview in your opinion and feed back to each other. Share your reflections from this exercise.
Modernism > Postmodernism > Post Post Modernism
1) What are some of the ways you see postmodernism in the cultures and communities you are a part of?
2) How does the deconstruction of an overarching meta-narrative affect Christianity?
3) What should our approaches be to reach a postmodern worldview?
“Thoughtful conformity to Christ - not unthinking conformity to either contemporary culture or textual prohibitions - should be our unchanging reference point.” – Steve Chalke
Culture is LEARNED
Culture is a SHARED system
Culture is an INTEGRATED whole
Culture constantly CHANGES
Ideology, cosmology, worldview:
subcultural, subversive, different, rebellious.
community, dedication, perseverance, rebellion, acceptance.
Magazines – Sidewalk, companies & brands.
Material artifacts, observable behavior:
skateboards, clothing, deck bang, fist touch, illegal skate spots, language.

“In its most common usage, the prefix sub has an inherent meaning: it implies a below average worth or quality. Therefore, simply by labelling a group of young people as a sub-culture, society infers its negativity or subversive qualities. A sub cultural group is ‘substandard’”
‘Youth in Society’ – Roche, Tucker, Thomson, Flynn

What are some of the other sub-cultures that exist today?
What are some of the specific practice skills we need to have when working with sub-cultures?
How important is it that we tailor our methods/contextualize the gospel to reach specific groups of people?

What do
worldviews do?
1) Provide answers to ultimate questions
2) Give emotional security
3) Validate our cultural norms
4) Help us integrate into our culture
Leonard Sweet
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