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Social Construction & Culture Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:57 AM Culture & the idea of social construction o Social world is uncertain, but we must assume we know what we're doing o Ex: assume ppl standing at the bus stop are there for the same reasons you would be Orientation would be diff if you thought "other people are going to a death camp" o Ex: you can go into any classroom and ID the professor, know how to be in the store, little bit about how politics work o We always ask ourselves "what is going on here?" during both odd situations & normal situations Social life is a constant effort to answer this question & It tells you how you should react to the situation Intersubjectivity - when we share the same idea about the proper answer to the question o Ideas of social construction - proper way to be in a classroom, what to do when you're on a bus, etc. All these seemed to have come naturally to us but actually it's a product of previous negotiations about how to be in the world Notion that social interaction is subversive - once you recognize that things are a product of mutually held agreements, realize things could be different (not recommended, but possible) o Garfinkle: "understanding also hinges on prior relationships and events" Answers to the question depends on things that happened in the past (prior agreements, prior assumptions) Where shall we go for lunch? Assumes you're going to eat or socialize What shall we have there? Assumes its things served during the day (not having pancakes) & acceptable foods to eat Culture tells us what is appropriate to eat or not Ex: we wouldn't be eating a goldfish or dog in the U.S. What is culture? o Total collection of norms & values Defines what's important, morality About how people see the world, and the symbols involved with it Construction of social boundaries
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