Culturebasically refers to the way of life of a given community or society.Westjohn& Stanford (25)explain that culture is an eye through which a particular communityperceives different factors. Culture can be formed or inherited.Different regions have different cultures nonetheless there may besimilarities in some aspects of the culture. This paper seeks tocompareand contrast two different cultures which are the American cultureand the Sudanese people culture. It will discuss the marriageperspective, the family setting and the roles and place of the womanin both societies. The paper will also offer a conclusion of thesame.
Marriagesin the Sudanese culture are arranged. The parents of both the man andthe lady to be married arrange for the wedding. Whether the man orthe lady like it or not the parents arrange for the marriage and evenproceed to pay the bride price for the lady. Marriage in Sudan can bebetween cousins or other distant relatives as long the parents ofboth sides agree. In America however, marriage isnot arranged by parents. While in Sudan the groom and the bride maymeet for the first time in the wedding, in America they meet before,they then inform the parents on the intention to get married thenproceed to get married. Marriage between relatives in America isunheard of while it is a common practice in Sudan (Marthaet al. 389).
Familyis a basic unit in both the American and the Sudanese culture. Afamily comprising of a father,motherandchildren comprise the basic unit of both societies. Nonetheless, inSudan families live with some extended relatives. Also, the man andthe woman are expected to move in into the house of the groomsparents for close a year. After one year they can move out but shouldlive in a close place from the location of the in laws. In theAmerican culture the newlywedded couples can go and live in a house far from the parents unlikein Sudan.
Theroles of women in the Sudanese culture are primarily in the home. The women are left behind to take care of the children and do thehousehold chores. Also, women are viewed as subordinates to theirwomen. On the other hand, in the American culture, women’s rolesare not limited in the house. Additionally, the women are viewed asequals by the society not as subordinate to their husbands. Also,women are allowed to go and work or even fend for the family in theAmerican culture (Davidauskis& April 170).
Culturebasically refers to the way of life of a given community or society.Culture is an eye through which a particular community perceivesdifferent factors. Culture can be formed or inherited. Differentregions have different cultures nonetheless there may besimilarities in some aspects of the culture. Marriages in theSudanese culture are arranged. The parents of both the man and thelady to be married arrange for the wedding while In America marriageis arranged by the groom and the bride to be. Family is a basic unitin both the American and the Sudanese culture. The roles of women inthe Sudanese culture are primarily in the home. The women are leftbehind to take care of the children and do the household chores. Onthe other hand, in the American culture, women’s roles are notlimited in the house
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