What Is a Cultural Perspective?

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Cultural perspective refers to the way that individuals are shaped by their environments as well as social and cultural factors. Such factors include a person’s nationality, race and gender.

Cultural perspective pervades every aspect of human life, from the mundane to the exotic or foreign. It affects how people relate to one another and their ability to communicate. Individuals with dramatically different cultural perspectives may find that they have an especially hard time understanding why the other behaves a certain way. To a certain extent, cultural perspective influences the relationships that people have with themselves as well, such as spiritual, mental and emotional well being or lack thereof.