The Shift OK: Thick Descriptions Newsletter


Culture, Identity, and Affecting Change

by Dr. Wonderful Faison, Professor at Langston University and
Thick Descriptions Board Member

According to Tylor (1920), “Culture…is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society (n.p). Culture is a shared/communal knowledge between/amongst a certain group of people. However, the more I think about culture, the more I find I cannot separate my concept of culture from my concept of race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality. Essentially, I cannot separate my concept of culture from myself. Culture begins with the self. Quite specifically, my intent is to show how race (as an identity) affects culture.

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