An Exploration of Cultural Influence on Domestic Practices in the Context of Sustainable Living

By Christina Yion P. Ting.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Individuals from different ethnic groups behave differently in everyday living contexts, and culture can be an explanatory factor. Cultural influence can be explored in terms of indicators such as ethnicity, language, religion, food, and cultural festivals and practices. These not only depict the reinforcement of both the visible and the invisible parts of culture, but also why there are variabilities in domestic practices such as the food consumed by individuals from different ethnic groups and the way religious practices impact on everyday activities. This paper calls for a better understanding of cultural influence on individuals’ behaviours. It establishes the groundwork for a CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) Index as a means of exploring the influence of cultural contexts, both CALD and Australian-born, on everyday living and resource consumption in Australia’s multicultural society.

Keywords: Culture, Society, Acculturation, Consumption, Migrants

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.13-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 708.033KB).

Dr Christina Yion P. Ting

PhD Candidate, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Christina Ting is a Ph.D. candidate with the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interest lies in understanding individuals’ behaviours towards sustainable living and resource consumption, such as water and energy, with particular reference to culturally and linguistically diverse groups in multicultural societies and Australian cities. With a background in geography, social studies and environmental sciences, and having worked in educational and community outreach areas that also involved both school and community education, she intends to pursue further in the area to effect changes in sustainable living and environment, especially among migrants through community education programmes and environmental activities.