Levels of culture Cultural traits can be grouped at several different levels. At the upper levels, the traits are general and most people don’t think about their culture at the upper levels. Nevertheless, these levels do impact our cultures even if we’re not aware of it.
The levels of culture, except for the idiosyncratic, are stereotypes. This is not necessarily bad unless you use the stereotypes as a basis of discrimination. We can use these stereotypes to develop a general expectation in hopes that we don’t totally bomb when we travel to a new place and meet new peoples.