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On the Topic of Subcultures and Culture Shock (Activity):

Here is the link to the video http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/player.html
if the link doesnt work here are the steps...
National Geogrraphic Channel Videos.

Click People and Places

Click Cultures and Customes

Scroll through the videos until locate the video "How to Shrink a Human Head".

Do you have any examples of culture shock? Perhaps you located another video within the National Geographic collection. Perhaps you read something in the newspaper this week .

Are you or have you ever been a member of a subculture? Which one? What makes/made it a subculture?

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I assume that your assignment is to answer those questions from your own experiences. When I first read them, I thought of a number of culture shock experiences in my own life, though nothing on the level of shrinking human heads. I stopped at the notion of my ever being part of a subculture and decided to look for a definition. I found the following at http://law.jrank.org/pages/954/Delinquent-Criminal-Subcultures.html:

"Subcultures consist of norms, values, interests?and artifacts associated with them?that are derivative of, but distinct from, a larger referential culture. The term also is sometimes used loosely to distinguish individuals, groups, or other collectivities based on their demographic characteristics (e.g., age, ethnicity, and regional location) or pattern of behavior (e.g., ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides insight and advise in tackling the topic of subcultures and the activity listed above, in particular an analysis of the subculture shown in the video. A discussion about membership of cultures and subcultures is also included in the solution.