Identify a subculture that you are part of (or if you cannot identify one in your own experience, describe a friend or relative's subculture). Please respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
What language, jargon, slang, or specialized terms are attached to your group?
What common values does the group hold?
What common experiences are shared that nonmembers do not experience?
How does this group identified affect your individual identity?
What do people (and you) get out of belonging to this subculture or group?
The subculture I am most familiar with is being a military family member. The experience of being a military family member is largely insular. That is, the community one interacts with is largely military and, although family members are civilians, the military lifestyle is different from many other areas of American life. For example, many active military families live on or near military bases and ordinary life begins to revolve around the activity on the base. In many instances, once the military member retires, the family remains close to military life through retiring in the city or town where the military member was active.
Most of the time, family life revolves around the deployment schedule of the active duty military member. It is more comfortable to shop and spend time around other military families who are sympathetic to and familiar with deployment schedules. In the Navy, these deployments last for six months or more and are fraught with worry about the loved one so far from home. The military actions of the last two or three decades have required more frequent and longer deployments. A routine begins to develop around these deployments and life without the active military member becomes almost separate from ...
Identifies the routines of the subculture of being a military spouse.