Sociology Lecture Notes - September 11, 2006

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Sociology Lecture September 11, 2006 What is Culture? o Culture is defined as: the language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors and material objects passed from one generation to the next. Material culture is things such as jewelry, art, buildings, weapons, machines, clothing, hairstyles Non-material culture is a groups way of thinking (beliefs, values, and assumptions) and common patters of behavior (languages, gestures, and other forms of interaction) o Culture provides a taken-for-granted orientation to life. We assume that our own culture is “normal” or “natural”; in fact learned. It has surrounded us for son long that we take it for granted. It is the lens through which we view and evaluate things. It provides implicit instructions that tell us what we believe to be right and wrong. Coming into contact with a radically different culture produces “culture shock,” challenging and sometimes calling into question our basic assumptions about life.
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