Recommend:

Index > > Traditional American Values in Culture

Traditional American Values in Culture

[Summary]Values Americans Live By xxx Most Americans would have a difficult time telling you, specifically, what the values are that Americans live by. They have never given the matter much thought. xxx Even if Americans had considered this question, they wou

Advertisement

Values Americans Live By

xxx Most Americans would have a difficult time telling you, specifically, what the values are that Americans live by. They have never given the matter much thought.
xxx Even if Americans had considered this question, they would probably, in the end, decide not to answer in terms of a definitive list of values. The reason for this decision is itself one very American value—their belief that every individual is so unique that the same list of values could never be applied to all, or even most, of their fellow citizens.
xxx Although Americans may think of themselves as being more varied and unpredictable than they actually are, it is significant that they think they are. Americans tend to think they have been only slightly influenced by family, church or schools. In the end, each believes, "I personally chose which values I want to live my own life by."
xxx Despite this self-evaluation, a foreign anthropologist could observe Americans and produce a list of common values that would fit most Americans. The list of typically American values would stand in sharp contrast to the values commonly held by the people of many other countries.
xxx We, the staff of the Washington International Center, have been introducing thousands of international visitors to life in the United States for more than a third of a century. This has caused us to try to look at Americans through the eyes of our visitors. We feel confident that the values listed here describe most (but not all) Americans.
xxx Furthermore, we can say that if the foreign visitor really understood how deeply ingrained these 13 values are in Americans, he or she would then be able to understand 95% of American actions—action that might otherwise appear strange or unbelievable when evaluated from the perspective of the foreigner’s own society and its values.
xxx The different behaviors of a people or a culture make sense only when seen through the basic beliefs, assumptions and values of that particular group. When you encounter an action, or hear a statement in the United States that surprises you, try to see it as an expression of one or more of the values listed here. For example, when you ask Americans for directions to get to a particular address in their own city, they may explain, in great detail, how you can get there on your own, but may never even consider walking two city blocks with you to lead you to the place. Some foreign visitors have interpreted this sort of action as showing Americans’ "unfriendliness." We would suggest, instead, that the self-help concept (value number 6 on our list), is so strong in Americans that they firmly believe that no adult would ever want, even temporarily, to be dependent on another. Also, their future orientation (value 8) makes Americans think it is better to prepare you to find other addresses on your own in the future.
xxx Before proceeding to the list itself, we should also point out that Americans see all of these values as very positive ones. They are not aware, for example, that the people in many Third World countries view change (value 2) as negative or threatening. In fact, all 13 of these American values are judged by many of the word’s citizens as negative and undesirable. Therefore, it is not enough simply to familiarize yourself with these values. You must also, so far as possible, consider them without the negative or derogatory connotation that they might have for you, based on your own experience and cultural identity.
xxx It is important to state emphatically that our purpose in providing you with this list of the most important American values is not to convert you, the foreign visitor, to our values. We couldn’t achieve that goal even if we wanted to, and we don’t want to. We simply want to help you understand the Americans with whom you will be relating—from their own value system rather that from yours.

Key American Values

Key American Values

Appendices | Handbook |

America's population reflects remarkable ethnic diversity. More than 20 percent of the population of two major cities, Los Angeles and New York, were born in another country. In some other major cities (including San Francisco and Chicago) more than one of every ten residents is foreign born. Non-white people outnumber whites in several large cities. Newspapers commonly use such terms as "Asian American," "Italian American," and "Arab American" to reflect the persistence of various ethnic heritages within the United States. There are people whose skin is labeled white, black, brown, yellow and red.

Traditional Culture and Modern Culture: Man's Fall from Grace

In some ways, traditional culture and modern culture are alike. Any culture is a system of learned and shared meanings. People learn and share things o...

Great American Families, Education, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice | GOP

American Values (Top)

We are the party of independent individuals and the institutions they create together — families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods — to advance their ideals and make real their dreams. Those institutions, standing between the citizen and the power of government, are the pillars of a free society. They create spaces where the power of government should not intrude. They allow Americans to work together to solve most of the problems facing their communities. They thus reduce the need for intervention by government in the form of more and bigger programs or a larger public workforce. They minimize decision-making by those who hold or are appointed to office. That is precisely why today’s progressives distrust and seek to control them — because this is more than a conflict of ideas. It is a struggle for power.

American Culture | Study in the USA

Traditional American Values in Culture

Learn crucial tips for interacting with American students and core holidays important to American culture.

American Culture Chapter 2: Traditional American Values and Beliefs.

Presentation on theme: "American Culture Chapter 2: Traditional American Values and Beliefs."— Presentation transcript:

1 American Culture Chapter 2: Traditional American Values and Beliefs

2 The Context of Traditional American Values: Racial, Ethnic, Religious, and Cultural Diversity Today, the US is the most diverse country in the world Racially, ethnically, culturally, religously The US has always had some diversity Native Americans Spanish settlers French missionaries Black slaves British colonists

American Values

What is America? What are the values it has most fought for and admired? A few of the first, and most important, come to mind: Freedom. Equality. Democracy. Champion of the little guy. Helper of the oppressed. Defender against tyranny. Some of the other values are ingrained in our history and our belief in our future: Capitalism. Independence. Strength. Rightness and righteousness. Manifest destiny. God. Freedom of religion. Family. Wealth. Faith.

About Us | American Values

American Values is a non-profit organization committed to uniting the American people around the vision of our Founding Fathers. Centuries ago, our Founders boldly proclaimed to the world a distinctly American faith in democracy; a faith rooted in the self-evident truths that "all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We believe these liberties need to be upheld and cherished, especially given how closely divided our country seems.

Key American Values

Key American Values

Appendices | Handbook |

America's population reflects remarkable ethnic diversity. More than 20 percent of the population of two major cities, Los Angeles and New York, were born in another country. In some other major cities (including San Francisco and Chicago) more than one of every ten residents is foreign born. Non-white people outnumber whites in several large cities. Newspapers commonly use such terms as "Asian American," "Italian American," and "Arab American" to reflect the persistence of various ethnic heritages within the United States. There are people whose skin is labeled white, black, brown, yellow and red.

[Editor: Admin]
Related for Traditional American Values in Culture
  • Traditional American Values and BeliefsDecember 28

    3. TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES AND BELIEFS 3. TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES AND BELIEFS American values and beliefs Six basic values of Americans-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/ . Make your own animated videos and ani

  • What are Traditional American ValuesFebruary 11

    What is Meant by Traditional Values? In recent years we've begun to hear a lot of talk about something called traditional values. It seems to surface frequently as a subject of debate and controversy by the news media. In reality, traditional values

  • Country Music and American ValuesJuly 9

    Country Music Promotes American Values Country music, a genre whose roots grew from traditional American values, is popularizing patriotism more than ever as its artists gain momentum, according to a story in the August issue of Townhall Magazine.Rob

  • traditional american family valuesMay 17

    Defining Family Values, Traditional Family Values A family is defined as a social unit consisting of parents and the children they raise. Value is defined as the quality or worth of a thing. To combine the words together yields a definition of: a tra

  • What Are Core American ValuesDecember 28

    Values Americans Live By xxx Most Americans would have a difficult time telling you, specifically, what the values are that Americans live by. They have never given the matter much thought. xxx Even if Americans had considered this question, they wou

  • What Are Traditional Southern ValuesJanuary 10

    What are Southern values and beliefs? ? | Yahoo Answers Report Abuse Additional Details If you believe your intellectual property has been infringed and would like to file a complaint, please see our Copyright/IP Policy About Those "Traditional South

  • Midwest Values and CultureApril 22

    The American Midwest: | Humanities Institute An Interpretive Encyclopedia Edited by: Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher and Andrew Cayton The Midwest. The Heartland. Middletown, Winesburg, Spoon River, Lake Wobegon. In the American imagination, this is

  • traditional roman valuesJune 29

    Cato the Elder defended traditional Roman values against the influence of Greek culture. What were these values? : AskHistorians Cato the Elder defended traditional Roman values against the influence of Greek culture. What were these values? (self.As

  • Traditional American Nuclear FamilyJuly 3

    The Evolution of American Family Structure The Evolution of American Family Structure Posted June 23, 2015 | By Tricia Hussung Mainstream culture in America is constantly evolving to reflect the predominant values and belief systems of the day, inclu

Copyright Asdnyi All rights reserved.