High Culture versus Low Culture

Both terms ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture are seen as derogatory, or disrespectful toward the other. Popular culture, which changes more rapidly and, within this context is seen as a ‘lesser’ aspect of culture as it relates to socioeconomic status. 

One person’s high culture is another’s low culture and vice versa. This is especially true as many aspects of modern popular culture have become ‘canon’ as it were – having great value, importance, or significance since they were first produced.

What is Culture? 

Just how complex is culture compared to what we usually think it is.

That is, what we can see, hear, taste, and smell versus that which flows under the surface, but is really the engine driving each and every one of our interactions. 

You never know what pressures are affecting a person’s day; in addition to external factors, there could be internal cultural factors at play.

So, be kind to those you encounter. 

This is me…

Over on Instagram (@AmidreamEU), Christina Kapaun @southboundstories  and Annyka Overton @chameleoncoaching created a series of writing prompts (#virtualcampfire2021) for ex-pats to share over the course of November. I am a bit of a sucker for a community-minded activity and for writing prompts, so I decided to participate. So, this is me. Hello! 👩🏻 My name is Christina.Continue reading “This is me…”

Using the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity to understand the United States

Inspiration and education can come from anywhere. Here, I felt inspired by a webinar to put my complex thoughts to print.