Culture and Social Relationships

Cultureand Social Relationships


Accordingto the perspective of social science, social relationships refer tothe interaction between or more people in relation to their socialworld. Culture involves aspects that define a society’s identity(Knox &amp Schacht, 2008). These aspects include religion, language,values and art among others. The cultural identities affect thebehavior patterns of various people. This paper focuses on discussingthe effect of culture on the power and influence of socialrelationships. The paper focuses on establishing the role of socialrelationships in various behavior patterns. It will also discuss howcultural perceptions influence the roles of social relationships.

TheRole of Social Relationships

Spielberger(2004) maintains that social relationships influence decision-makingprocesses of individuals. The decisions that individuals make definestheir behavior and belief patterns in the society. Socialrelationships affect other behavior determinants in the society. Thedeterminants include ethics, values, emotions and attitudes amongother factors. In most circumstances, social relationships compelindividuals to internalize the objectives and inspirations of otherpeople. The internalization process usually re-shapes behavioraldrives of the affected people (Spielberger, 2004). A change inbehavior begins from the change in thought patterns of individuals.Social relationships may alter the thought patterns of an individualin relation to the determinants of behavior. It is apparent that goodsocial relationships reinforce acceptable behavior in the societywhile a bad version of the same encourages social disorganization.

Theinfluence of Culture on Social Relationships

Theculture of all societies entails aspects such as religion, language,values and beliefs among others (Knox &amp Schacht, 2008). Religion,values and beliefs play a central role in influencing an individual’sthought pattern and perception of events in life. Religion such asChristianity upholds morality against bad behavior. Values may referto the standards that define the things that are right and wrongwithin the society. They also define the acceptable and unacceptablebehaviors in the society. Most societies encourage acceptablebehaviors or actions. The societies also encourage making decisionsthat consider the wellbeing of families as opposed to individualism(Knox &amp Schacht, 2008). The acceptable behaviors are usually setby most societies with the aim of achieving social organization. Forinstance, an individual who comes from a society where stealing isstrongly condemned may find it difficult to engage in embezzlement offunds in the company.

Societalbeliefs provide a framework for understanding the realities of life(Knox &amp Schacht, 2008). They influence the decision-makingprocesses of individuals. For instance, a career oriented person whobelieves that the upbringing of a child requires full-time presenceof a parent may consider marrying a partner who has relatively lessbusy schedules. Strong cultures in various societies may overpowerthe influence of social relationship in re-shaping the thoughtprocesses of individuals. The influences of social relationshipsprevail in communities with mixed cultural identities or erodedculture. Culture affects the influence of social relationshipsbecause it establishes a background upon which individuals use toverify the changes in perceptions they encounter in social domains. Asocially disorganized community implies a distorted culture orineffective behavioral standards.


Socialrelationships re-shape the decision-making processes of individualsin relation to behavior determinants such as values and emotions.Culture provides the original perception of life upon whichindividuals use to verify and assimilate changes they encounter insocial relationships. Culture interferes with the ability of socialrelationships to influence the behavior and belief patterns ofindividuals. In the absence of strong cultural guidelines, socialrelationships may influence right or wrong behavior patterns.


Knox,D., &amp Schacht, C. (2008). Choicesin relationships: An introduction to marriage and the family.Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.

Spielberger,C. D. (2004). Encyclopediaof applied psychology: Vol 1.Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.