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Tradional and Non-tradional Cultures 1
Traditional and Non-traditional Cultures
Angie Barranco, Bob Stark, D. Toloszko, and T. Stangl-Sweet
Diversity and Cultural Factors in Psychology PSY450
Nissa Ziesler, MA, LMFT
November 8, 2010

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Tradional and Non-tradional Cultures 2
Traditional and Non-traditional Cultures
The Hispanic and the United States culture have both similarities and differences.
Although the United States culture is seen as nontraditional because of the numerous cultures
that migrated their beliefs, values, and behaviors here; it does share similarities with the
traditional Hispanic culture. Traditional cultures tend to maintain their traditional beliefs in
religion, holidays, learning methods, and rituals leaving no room for ambiguity. Nontraditional
cultures such as the United States are open to change in evolution and innovation, and also
highlights the control a person has over personal freedom and independence. This paper will
explain in detail how the Hispanic traditional culture and the United States nontraditional culture
compare and weigh against each other in their beliefs, values, and behaviors.
Traditional Hispanic Culture
Traditional cultures typically exist within the confines of either local or regional
boundaries. In the United States populations of traditional cultures are typically seen in specific
geographic locations such as the Mormons in Utah or Hispanic neighborhoods in urban areas.
Traditional cultures are prone to be narrow in focus and relatively inflexible in regard to the
dynamics of the particular culture. Traditional cultures provide an unambiguous outline of
expected cultural conduct and leave little room for behavioral variation. Traditional societal
beliefs with respect to religion, rituals, etiquette, Holidays and celebrations, eating habits, and
learning methods tend to be black and white with little room for interpretation (Devy, 2010).
The traditional Hispanic culture is no exception.
The most important social unit in the Hispanic culture is the family. To say the family is
close-knit would be an understatement. A Hispanic family consists of the mother, father, and

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