Culture, Socialization, and End-of-Life Decision Making

Authored by: C. Walker Andrea

Handbook of Thanatology

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781138430815
eBook ISBN: 9780203767306
Adobe ISBN: 9781136726507


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Culture is multifaceted, multidimensional, and embedded in time and history. Culture involves a series of interactions and adjustments, negotiations and agreements of a person, or group of people, with their environment. Interwoven into culture is a series of expectations, perceptions of “rightness” regarding sources of power, values, social structures, religion, etc. Socialization involves learning the rules, beliefs, and expectations within a particular society, many of which are influenced and/or defined by culture.

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