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SOCL CH2 01/27/2015 ° Culture and society What is culture? A system of ideas, values, beliefs, knowledge, norms, customs, and technology shared by almost everyone in a particular society. High culture (classical music..) Folk culture (everyday life) Popular culture (universal) Society : a group of interacting people who live in a specific geographical area, who are organized in a cooperative manner, and who share a common culture. Characteristics of culture Culture is learned Culture is transmitted from one generation to the next Culture is shared Culture is adaptive and always changing Elements of culture Symbols: something that is used to represent something else Symbols distinguish one culture from another Veil may be a symbol of respect or domination Symbols can unify or divide a society. Confederate flag is a source of pride or offense Symbols can change over time “green” is now used to mean environmentally responsible.
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