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culture hero

A person, either real or mythical, who embodies or is seen as the foundation of the cultural values or achievements of a society, group of people, or period of time. Karl Marx became both a villain to those opposed to Communist ideology and a culture hero for those who embraced the ideals of Socialism. Mythical figures such as Cúchulainn and historical figures like Brian Boru have long been held as culture heroes in Ireland.
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culture shock

A sudden feeling of confusion or surprise when confronted by an unfamiliar situation or cultural environment. It is often a huge culture shock for American women traveling to the Middle East when they are expected to wear head scarves and be accompanied by a man at all times.
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culture vulture

Someone who has an avid interest in the arts. Helen is quite the culture vulture. She attends the theater at least once a month.
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rape culture

A society whose widespread views and actions (such as victim blaming and dismissive attitudes toward sexual trauma) have the effect of normalizing rape. A rape culture ignores and thus perpetuates the devastating physical and psychological effects of rape.
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culture vulture

someone whom one considers to be excessively interested in the (classical) arts. She won't go to a funny film. She's a real culture vulture. They watch only highbrow television. They're culture vultures.
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culture shock

A state of confusion and anxiety experienced by someone upon encountering an alien environment. For example, It's not just jet lag-it's the culture shock of being in a new country. This term was first used by social scientists to describe, for example, the experience of a person moving from the country to a big city. It is now used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1930s]
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culture vulture

An individual with a consuming or excessive interest in the arts. For example, A relentless culture vulture, she dragged her children to every museum in town. This slangy term may have been originated by Ogden Nash, who wrote: "There is a vulture Who circles above The carcass of culture" ( Free Wheeling, 1931). [1940s]
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culture vulture

a person who is very interested in the arts, especially to an obsessive degree.
The image of a vulture here is of a greedy and often undiscriminating eater.
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1. n. an avid supporter of the arts. Many culture-vultures seem to be long on enthusiasm and short on taste.
2. n. someone who exploits the arts for monetary gain. Some culture-vultures are throwing a wine and cheese party on behalf of some of the young dolts they have grubstaked.
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In April 2006, CMS released "Artifacts of Culture Change," a 70-page document that includes a scorecard covering 79 CMS-defined "artifacts.
Rowland: What I argued in my book Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II is that there is a division between those who think that the Thomist tradition should accommodate itself to the culture of modernity, particularly the economic dimensions of this culture--the self-described "Whig Thomists"--and those who believe that modernity and its liberal tradition are really toxic to the flourishing of the faith.
Darcy explains, "One could argue that Enron was in substantial compliance with the law (obviously not so in terms of accounting practices), but you could argue that there was a culture of greed, and at the end of the day, culture trumps compliance.
The following case study suggests that the future direction for the study of social class lies at the juncture of social and culture studies.
In addition, students have the opportunity to develop cultural sensitivity and appreciation, adding to their motivation to be able to interact with others whose cultures are different from theirs.
The latter involves starting with an international instrument and exploring whether or not the theory on which it is based, and the constructs it measures, can be generalized across other cultures.
To this end, crisis intervention often requires an immediate development of trust between two people from different cultures for purposes of restoring the victim's coping mechanisms to a pre-crisis level of functioning.
The attending physician sees the latest blood culture and is not concerned, because the fever the day before has subsided and the two prior positive blood cultures were not seen--"out of sight, out of mind.
Behind all this is the fact that cultures understand the human person differently.
Credited as the first critic to use the term "pop art," in an article of 1958, (2) he at that time intended the phrase to reference Americanized mass-media popular culture, such as Hollywood movies and science fiction.
One week after onset of symptoms, she was evaluated for severe headaches at a local emergency room, where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood cultures were collected.
To Huntington, these factors suggest the possibility of a second Spanish-speaking nation within the United States that is at odds with the dominant American culture.
Different cultures have different views of proper negotiation form.
Walker has organized the Year of the Diaspora to promote understanding of how these stolen laborers contributed to the technology, wealth and culture of the Americas.
When Cruise became a star and started traveling to Japan to promote his movies, he found himself captivated by the culture, eager to learn more.