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Sociology 1 Lecture3

Sociology 1 Lecture3 - Sociology 1 Lecture#3 12:27:00 PM...

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Sociology 1 Lecture #3 15/01/2008 15:27:00 Defining culture and society Culture—the customs knowledge/ideas behaviors, and values we learn, and  the material objects we use in our societies o Facts about cultures Influence each other despite the contain some elements of  autonomy All cultures in the world have certain general practices— Cultural  Universals  i.e. Sporting, language, etc. All cultures adopt new ideas or items over time through  innovation: discovery, and invention Cultures influence each other via diffusion, depending on power  and wealth i.e. Americanization, Globalization, McDonaldization Cultures around the world may be becoming more and more  similar (homogenization) which means some are losing their  distinctive aspects o Aspects of culture Material culture—tangible items that make up or form our  culture i.e. Ipods, cell phones, laptops etc. Non-material Culture—beliefs, values, ideas language which  influence who we are and are not tangible Theory of culture lag—Adjustment period when non-material  culture tries to adapt innovations in material culture i.e. 
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