During the first week of my assessment, I will introduce the meaning of culture and how it affects the people of South Sudan.
According to the author, Cole, Nicki Lisa, Culture is a term that refers to a large and diverse set of mostly intangible aspects of social life. According to sociologists, culture consists of the values, beliefs, systems of language, communication, and practices that people share in common and that can be used to define them as a collective. Culture also includes the material objects that are common to that group or society. Culture is distinct from the social structure and economic aspects of society, but it is connected to them — both continuously informing them and being informed by them.
In my perspective, culture is a way of communication between a group of people that share their values on a certain path. It’s something that was descended from ancestor by leaving behind so many impacts on people as they carry it on from generation to generation. After all, culture is a huge aspect of many different countries around the world. Since culture is a huge topic, I won’t be able to cover every aspect of it. I will be focusing on the unique culture from the other side of the world that many people might’ve never been to which is South Sudan.
According to the writer, Pier, South Sudan (officially the Republic of South Sudan) is located in east-central Africa and is the most recently formed country in the world. It gained independence from North Sudan in 2011 after over 50 years of political struggle. Being the youngest country in the world, its national identity is still emerging. Most South Sudanese people share a cultural connection based on their common practice of Christianity and the experience of struggle and liberation from North Sudan. However, the South Sudanese tend to feel more cultural affiliation and loyalty to their tribal and ethnic groups rather than allegiance to the nation. Culture is important to many of the South Sudanese people as they believe that it is a part of their daily lifestyle. Furthermore, they represent their culture by using simple approaches. As Cole, Nicki Lisa mentioned in her article, the five examples of values, languages, communication, beliefs, and practices. Each one of these components has its own definitions and functions.
In conclusion, culture is an important aspect of every country. Its importance will never fade as it is passed down from generation to generation. It defines who you are as a person and what your values are. Find a way to protect your individual values until next time.
Cole, Nicki Lisa. “Defining Culture and Why It Matters to Sociologists.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 2 Aug. 2019, www.thoughtco.com/culture-definition-4135409.
Pier. “South Sudanese Culture – Core Concepts.” Cultural Atlas, https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/south-sudanese-culture/core-concepts-e9c79420-e40d-4650-8a30-d96323a83f68.