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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 13 2013: I just wonder whether it's the right kind of question to ask. Culture has its effect on how we make sense of our experience, not sure why it is useful to label it positive or negative.

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