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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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  • Nov 1 2013: In the context of the uber-moder world, there is a discrepancy between the capacilities of the society, technology to understand at grand-level, to want to see, explore, live the world at "world"-level, and the time-finance-people around constraints.

    There is also a dicrepancy between the time it would take to see/live it all, or a bit of everything, and the efforts and manpower it takes to maintain, service, clean, build, manufacture, transport, and secure whatever it already exists in this world. Which explains why the push is still more for enculturation than for internationalism.

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