Manyscholars agree that it is hard to have a single definition ofculture. It is even more challenging to define a trend as popular.Every society leads a unique life. The objects and behaviors observedin one community as valuable may be meaningless in another society.Therefore, traditions is best studied in a given context. In hisarticle, Thinking,Haslam outlines that customs can be explained in terms of objects,behaviors, and sites (Haslam 3). Every community sets the acceptableconduct, attaches value to certain objects, and pays tribute toparticular places within it.

Indefining popular culture, the article builds on two major premises.First, the author perceives civilization to be metaphorical (Haslam4). He outlines that the idea of traditions cannot exist in a vacuum(Haslam 4). Said also agrees that people either decide on allegoricalobjects or behaviors and attach particular values to them (7). Theelements held as precious form part of people’s tradition. Fromthis argument, the writer believes that concept is cultivated toyield specific social, spiritual, and artistic behavior. For example,non-living objects like rocks do not hold any social importanceunless members in a given community decide to bestow value on it. Thedynamic cultivation gives rise to popular culture (Haslam 12). Theitems, behaviors, and places that people associate with a given levelof significance become components of their tradition. Favoredtendencies are, therefore, forms and strengthens during a particularperiod.

Secondly,the article provides that traditions goes beyond the basics ofsurvival (Haslam 12). It satisfies people’s pleasure, thoughts, andbeauty. These characteristics are imperative in defining popularculture. According to O`Brien and Imre, a stable society is notobsessed with satisfying its basic needs (9). The people work tofulfill ostentatious requirements. These include music, art,religion, and dressing among other behaviors. The dynamic nature ofthe different groups ennobles varied practices over time. However,the writer indicates that it is difficult to term a given culture aspopular since there is no agreed standard of assessment. For mostpeople, a way of life becomes popular when many people profess it.Nonetheless, there is no consensus on the minimum number to term acivilization as vogue (Haslam 13). Nevertheless,a practice can be trendy either when a mass of people professes it orwhen it is perceived as uniquely beneficial.

Fromthese two arguments, various materials and practices can be assessedto determine if they constitute a favored way of life. For example,the current trends in music and dressing can be subjected to thesestandards. Haslam perceives a prominent culture to be a result of thechanges in behavior in search of pleasure and satisfaction ofthoughts (12). Many people in different settings enjoy the currenttrends in art, including, songs, wording, and styles. This patterncan be termed as vogue in particular communities. Also, the waypeople dress change regularly. Applying Haslam’s idea, the mode ofclothing can be said to be high-behavior that earn people a givenstatus or appreciation in a particular environment.

Inconclusion, it is challenging to define culture. There are nouniversally accepted standards for identifying a way of life astrendy. Haslam provides that the components of culture includeobjects, behaviors, and particular sites. Popular practices resultfrom the dynamic nature of people in different settings.


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O`Brien,Susie, Imre Szeman. Popularculture: A user`s guide.Scarborough: Nelson, 2004. Print.

Said,Edward W. Cultureand Imperialism.New York, N.Y.: Vintage, 1993. Print.