Which of the following is a term for a group of people who share a common culture?

Culture consists of the beliefs, behaviors, objects, and other characteristics common to the members of a particular group or society. Through culture, people and groups define themselves, conform to society's shared values, and contribute to society. Thus, culture includes many societal aspects: language, customs, values, norms, mores, rules, tools, technologies, products, organizations, and institutions. This latter term institution refers to clusters of rules and cultural meanings associated with specific social activities. Common institutions are the family, education, religion, work, and health care.

Popularly speaking, being cultured means being well‐educated, knowledgeable of the arts, stylish, and well‐mannered. High culture—generally pursued by the upper class—refers to classical music, theater, fine arts, and other sophisticated pursuits. Members of the upper class can pursue high art because they have cultural capital, which means the professional credentials, education, knowledge, and verbal and social skills necessary to attain the “property, power, and prestige” to “get ahead” socially. Low culture, or popular culture—generally pursued by the working and middle classes—refers to sports, movies, television sitcoms and soaps, and rock music. Remember that sociologists define culture differently than they do cultured, high culture, low culture, and popular culture.

Sociologists define society as the people who interact in such a way as to share a common culture. The cultural bond may be ethnic or racial, based on gender, or due to shared beliefs, values, and activities. The term society can also have a geographic meaning and refer to people who share a common culture in a particular location. For example, people living in arctic climates developed different cultures from those living in desert cultures. In time, a large variety of human cultures arose around the world.

Culture and society are intricately related. A culture consists of the “objects” of a society, whereas a society consists of the people who share a common culture. When the terms culture and society first acquired their current meanings, most people in the world worked and lived in small groups in the same locale. In today's world of 6 billion people, these terms have lost some of their usefulness because increasing numbers of people interact and share resources globally. Still, people tend to use culture and society in a more traditional sense: for example, being a part of a “racial culture” within the larger “U.S. society.”

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[ kuh-myoo-ni-tee ]

/ kəˈmyu nɪ ti /

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noun, plural com·mu·ni·ties.

a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

a locality inhabited by such a group.

a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists: the business community;the community of scholars;diversity within a college community;London's Jewish and Muslim communities.

a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage: the community of Western Europe.

Ecclesiastical. a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.

Ecology. an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area.

joint possession, enjoyment, liability, etc.: community of property.

the community,the public; society: the needs of the community.




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Origin of community

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin commūnitās, equivalent to commūni(s) “common” + -tās noun suffix; replacing Middle English comunete, from Middle French, from Latin as above; see common, -ty2;

synonym study for community

1. Community, hamlet, village, town, city are terms for groups of people living in somewhat close association, and usually under common rules. Community is a general term, and town is often loosely applied. A commonly accepted set of connotations envisages hamlet as a small group, village as a somewhat larger one, town still larger, and city as very large. Size is, however, not the true basis of differentiation, but properly sets off only hamlet. Incorporation, or the absence of it, and the type of government determine the classification of the others.


com·mu·ni·tal, adjectivepro·com·mu·nity, adjective

Words nearby community

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What is a community?

A community is a social group whose members have something in common, such as a shared government, geographic location, culture, or heritage.

Community can also refer to the physical location where such a group lives. It can refer to a town, city, village, or other area with a formal government whose residents share a nationality or culture, as in A group of town citizens decided to clean up the litter in their community. 

Community can also refer to the people who live in this area, as in Filipe was able to raise money for the city’s homeless shelter with help from the community. 

More generally, community can refer to a group that shares some trait or quality that separates it from the wider population as in Tracy was excited to find that the Muslim community in her city often held free talks on being a Muslim American. 

Example: Ria entered politics to help improve the lives of the people in her community. 

Where does community come from?

The first records of the word community comes from around 1325. It comes from the Latin commūnitās, meaning “joint possession or use.” A community has something in common, such as a geographic location or a shared culture.

In terms of a specific location, community is a more general term than words like burrough, village, or city. When you refer to the community you live in, you could mean something as small as your neighborhood or as large as a metropolitan area.

The sense of community that refers to a group of people with shared traits or qualities is frequently used when people talk about demographics. You have probably heard of polls or studies of “the Hispanic community” or “the Christian community,” for example. You’ll find this usage in academics, politics, business, and similar fields.

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How is community used in real life?

The word community is common and is often used to refer to groups of people or the places where they live.

Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2019

I'm seeing an outbreak of strep throat in my community. This winter is going to be ugly. Too many infections to go around.

— Linda Girgis MD (@DrLindaMD) October 22, 2020

Help give back to the community. 👏

Through the end of the month, we've teamed up with @bloodworksnw to bring a pop-up blood donation center to CenturyLink Field.

— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) July 20, 2020

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Is community used correctly in the following sentence?

The charity group raised money to help local communities impacted by hurricanes.

association, center, company, district, nation, neighborhood, people, public, society, state, colony, commonality, commonwealth, hamlet, locality, populace, residents, territory, turf, affinity

How to use community in a sentence

  • The community does not yet have adequate testing, contact tracing, or isolation.

  • Sky glow is a term that’s already in use in the light pollution community, so that’s not my favorite term.

  • She sought input from various community stakeholders, many of whom had been rankled by her appointment to lead the police division.

  • Organizations like his try to do outreach and help convert messaging into something that resonates with underrepresented communities, but they are stretched thin, especially with the coronavirus pandemic and recent racial justice movement.

  • She last wrote for Eater about the rise of community fridges across the country.

  • We have thousands of users who identify themselves as transgendered and they are welcome members of the Grindr community.

  • Some gay apps, like the newer Mister, have not subscribed to the community/tribe model.

  • What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.

  • The need for increased community policing is more urgent than ever before.

  • Marrying another Jew was not just a personal simcha (joy), but one for the community.

  • But hitherto, before these new ideas began to spread in our community, the mass of men and women definitely settled down.

  • I doubt if the modern community can afford to continue it; it certainly cannot afford to extend it very widely.

  • And could it not be extended from its present limited range until it reached practically the whole adolescent community?

  • It was not, however, through any of these artificial means that real relief was brought to the community.

  • In the community her father was the wealthiest man, having made his fortune in the growing of potatoes and fruit.

British Dictionary definitions for community

noun plural -ties

  1. the people living in one locality
  2. the locality in which they live
  3. (as modifier)community spirit

a group of people having cultural, religious, ethnic, or other characteristics in commonthe Protestant community

a group of nations having certain interests in common

the public in general; society

common ownership or participation

similarity or agreementcommunity of interests

(in Wales since 1974 and Scotland since 1975) the smallest unit of local government; a subdivision of a district

ecologya group of interdependent plants and animals inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other through food and other relationships

Word Origin for community

C14: from Latin commūnitās, from commūnis common

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Scientific definitions for community

A group of organisms or populations living and interacting with one another in a particular environment. The organisms in a community affect each other's abundance, distribution, and evolutionary adaptation. Depending on how broadly one views the interaction between organisms, a community can be small and local, as in a pond or tree, or regional or global, as in a biome.

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What is a group of people with a common culture called?

A group of people who share a similar culture (beliefs, values, and behaviors), language, religion, ancestry, or other characteristic that is often handed down from one generation to the next. They may come from the same country or live together in the same area.

What is an area in which people have many shared culture traits?

CULTURE REGIONS - is an area in which people have many shared culture traits. In a specific culture region, people share specific traits such as religion, beliefs, language, or lifestyle. One well-known region is the Arab world where a specific culture spreads across all of Southwest Asia.

Which of the following is a problem that countries with many cultural regions face?

What is a problem that countries with many cultural regions face? Finding a common national identity.

What must happen for a cultural change to occur?

Cultural change can have many causes, including the environment, technological inventions, and contact with other cultures. Cultures are externally affected via contact between societies, which may also produce—or inhibit—social shifts and changes in cultural practices.