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Unformatted text preview: 09-27-07 Introduction To Sociology Summary Ch. 3-all human societies have complex ways of life that differ greatly from one to the other-each society has its own unique blueprint for living, or culture-culture consists of all that human beings learn to do, to use, to produce, to know, and to believe as they grow to maturity and live out their lives in the social groups to which they belong-humans are remarkably unspecialized; culture allows us to adapt quickly and flexibly to the challenges of our environment-sociologists view culture as having three major components: material culture, nonmaterial culture, and language-language and the production of tools are central elements of culture. evidence exists that animals engage, or can be taught to engage in both of these activities; this does not mean that they have culture-scientists disagree about how to interpret the evidence; without question, however, it can be said that humans have refined culture to a far greater degree than other animals and are far more dependent on it...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY unknown taught by Professor Tischler during the Spring '08 term at Mass Colleges.
- Spring '08