There are literally hundreds of definitions and understandings of culture. Among those many definitions the consistent commonalities are:
- Culture is a web of meaning shared by members of a society or group—a shared system of beliefs, values, customs, behaviors, and artifacts that group members use to cope with their world and one another.
- Culture is complex—we all are influenced in different ways by the groups to which we belong.
- Culture may change over time—new influences may arise, old ones may fade, and some influences may strengthen or weaken over time.
- People can decide which groups they allow to influence them and can ignore certain cultural influences.