What Is a “culture Pattern”?

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A “culture pattern” is a set of related traits and characteristics that describe a particular group of people. The term is commonly used in the field of sociology when studying how groups differ from one another.

Social scientists study traits such as behaviors, beliefs, symbology and cognitive constructs acquired through socialization into the larger group or society. By doing so, they can better understand how individuals within a particular culture relate to one another as well as what makes modern cultures differ from one another.

A culture pattern allows the social scientist to use generalizations to describe cultures as a whole.