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THE Iceberg of Culture is a model or framework through which we can understand what culture is. It is useful in demonstrating that what is visual and on the surface of any culture is just a fraction of the whole story of that culture. If we were sailing in icy seas and suddenly saw an iceberg ahead, we would know that what we saw was only 10% of the iceberg, as 90% of icebergs lie below changing ireland

the surface. So is the case with culture. While some aspects of our culture are open and easy to recognise, most of what culture is about is beyond or below our conscious awareness. We can see what lies above the surface, we are aware of it. However, behaviour which may seem very normal within our own culture may be strange, amazing or amusing to those of other cultures.

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In ‘Deep Culture’ there is a level closest to the surface in which rules are unspoken. A person from the culture knows the rules and takes them for granted. As one goes deeper into a culture the rules are unconscious and members are often totally unaware of the value and norms which are guiding their daily behaviour. Guidebook launch: see page 9.

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