The American Culture
American cultural icons, apple pie, baseball, and the American flag.
Is there “American” ethnicity?
The United States is a multicultural nation, home to a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions , and values. Aside from the now small Native Hawaiian populations, nearly all Americans or their ancestors immigrated within the past five centuries .The culture held in common by most Americans- mainstream American culture-is a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of European immigrants with influences from many other sources, such as traditions brought by slaves from Africa. More recent immigration from Asia and especially Latin America has added to a cultural mix that has been described as both a homogenizing melting pot and a heterogeneous salad bowl in which immigrants and their descendants retain distinctive cultural characteristics.
According to Geert Hofstede’s cultural dimensions analysis, the united states has the highest individualism score of any country studied. While the mainstream culture holds that the United States is a classless society, scholars identify significant differences between the country’s social
classes, affecting socialization, language, and values. The American feminism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism . Americans’ self-images, social viewpoint, and cultural expectations are
associated with their occupations to an unusually close degree. While Americans tend greatly to value socioeconomic achievement, being ordinary or average is generally seen as a positive attribute .Though the American Dream, or the perception that Americans enjoy high social mobility, plays a key role in attracting immigrants, some analysts find that the United States, like other countries has its rich and poor people, its rich and poor neighborhoods.