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Is enculturation is a good thing or a bad thing in terms of individuality and freedom of expression?

I am a student in a grad school in New York City and recently came across the concept of Enculturation. Coming from India, a country that is rich in culture and has strictly defined 'rules' in society in terms of acceptable behavior and habits I was forced to question if enculturation has more positive or negative impact on a individual when it comes down to developing a sense of individuality and freedom to express opinions.

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  • Oct 25 2013: Yes it would be interesting to hear a different view on this.

    I understand having rules to maintain peace and security in the society but the idea I mentioned earlier is only to prevent enculturation from suffocating a person and not harm his/her dignity and self-respect.

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