What Are Cultural Factors?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 11:05:39 AM ET
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Cultural factors are the established beliefs, values, traditions, laws and languages of a nation or society. These factors also include the artistic values, marriage customs and religious beliefs that are indigenous to a particular region.

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An example of a cultural factor is the "melting pot" notion of the United States. Even though the United States is comprised of immigrants from other nations, generations of these various ethnic groups coalesce into an American identity. However, certain distinctions remain based on ethnicity and religious identity.

Another example of a cultural factor is the alteration of the female body in western societies. For example, women in the 19th century wore corsets to conform to cultural standards of the Victorian era.