In every-day usage, culture is generally defined as a group’s common heritage of values, beliefs and practices which is handed on from generation to generation and thus forms part of subjects’ apparently natural and essential attributes. In contrast to concepts of culture which emphasise the dynamics of cultural processes, culture here is seen as stable, homogeneous and distinct from other “cultures”. However, this ignores heterogeneous dimensions in every-day life.
In culturalisation practices, the culture ascribed to a particular group is seen as both the cause and the explanation of specific phenomena; conflicts between mainstream society and minority groups are therefore often interpreted as unbridgeable “culture conflicts” determined by supposed fixed ethnic and cultural attributes. The effect of culturalisation practices is to typify and to reduce complexity by ignoring possible social or other causes of specific phenomena.