Americais a multicultural nation with people of diverse race and heritage.It is the top third largest nation in the world in terms ofpopulation and size. Yet, despite its cultural and ethnic diversity,the US still demonstrates some unique cultural values that manypeople misinterpret and many anthropologists and sociologist striveto understand. The American dream is the basis of US culture.Whenever Americans speak of it, they often think of the 20thcentury cultural practices. The American dream is still applicable tothe modern culture today, as it was in the past. Therefore, the paperwill explore, ‘American Dream’ as the critical aspect of theAmerican culture by defining what it is and why Americans arestrongly attached to the belief.
The“American Dream” is one of the most unique aspects of the UnitedStates culture. It is not limited to what a person has but determinedby its principles and their application in the society. The dream,although different from other cultures of the world, it is whatdefines the America culture today, (Adams, 2012). An important aspectof the dream is the desire of abundance – the ability of thecitizens to have a nation full of material goods. Although, this isstill the envy of most of the people in the world today, few nationscan tally the amount of wealth that America has.
Thedream for the democracy of goods –the ability of all people topurchase the American goods irrespective of their origin, class andstatus – is another aspect of the American dream. This relates backto the American freedom and equality constitutional rights foreveryone. The democracy of goods dream exists to fulfill thisconstitution.
Thedream of freedom of choice similarly relates to the US constitutionand allows citizens to shape their lifestyles using the availablegoods. The goods on offer do not restrict people’s desires andfreedom to achieve the status of their choice. Additionally, thedream of novelty or enhancing consumer choice, allows people tochange fashion at their will. The dream of novelty has great effectson American society and implies that current skills are everchanging. Americans do not have to specialize in certain areas tosurvive in life (Freese,1987).They are certain that they are always a demand for niche skills andthis gives them more freedom to choose. Although the American dreamis still crucial in the American culture, how people achieve it haschanged, but the principles still remains (Adams, 2012). Forinstance, young people prefer attending colleges rather thanapprenticeship because of their attempt to attain the dream.
AmericanDream is the common belief among Americans that every person canattain financial success and prosperity through hard work. Thisprinciple drives the strong work ethic among the American culturestoday. The consequence of this belief in the Americans work life areregular overtime, long working hours and clear cut distinctionsbetween subordinates and their managers. Strong emphasis on personalinitiative and achievements define business culture in the US.Americans strongly value professionalism, personal competences andindividual performance and accountability (Freese,1987).This results to a work culture where people in power (management) areonly approached when needed and where several businesses areautonomously conducted. Therefore, in the most cases the focus onpersonal achievement strongly lead to an increasingly competitivework ethic.
Toconclude therefore, the American Dreams concerns the unlimitedfreedom of choice and consumer industry choice to achieve success andprosperity in life. These are the ideologies that Americans claim inall the actions. Therefore, it is true to argue that American dreamsymbolizes their culture. It is a symbol of a strong Americancultural belief and tradition that define their uniqueness ascountry.
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Freese,P. (1987). TheAmerican dream and the American nightmare.Paderborn: Univ. Paderborn.