Culture is so pervasive it is like the air we breath; we are completely dependent on it for a sense of meaning, order, and regularity in social life, but we are also usually unaware of its influence. And, like the cutting off air, if we were suddenly removed from our culture of origin and introduced into another culture, the limitations of our cultural knowledge would immediately become obvious. We might not know how to speak, act, or think in ways that make sense and enable us to accomplish our goals within the new cultural context.
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