What Is a Culture Trait?

A culture trait is a learned system of beliefs, values, traditions, symbols and meanings that are passed from one generation to another within a specific community of people. Culture traits identify and coalesce a community because traits express the cohesiveness of the group.

Culture traits can have one or more of seven characteristics. The first is that they can be learned, such as teaching a specific response to a sound. The students of the school respond to a bell by leaving the classroom to go to the playground for example. This is a learned behavior known as a culture trait. Other characteristics that could be culture traits include something that is transmitted from generation to generation, knowledge that is based on symbols, behavior that is changeable, traditions that can be integrated into the culture and affect future activities, knowledge that is ethnocentric and values that are adaptable to each generation.