Social Problems01-29

Social Problems01-29 - Jan. 29 Social Problems Signs &...

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Jan. 29 Social Problems Signs - representations 1 – Natural Signs – has an inherent built in relationship with what it represents (smell – skunk; smoke – combustion) 2 – Conventional Signs (= symbols) – are not natural, but they are arbitrarily created (representations, Flag (piece of clothe) – representation means something Sasha Weitman, 1973 “National Flags: A Sociological Overview” Language – a socially constructed set of significant symbols (probably the most important aspects of our culture) main vehicle of communication between people The wider the range of experience the more symbols are needed to capture what’s going on Gestures –movements of the body, or parts of the body, they have socially agreed upon meanings Sometimes combinations of verbal and non verbal communications confuse people Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis - The very nature of language structures the way that we perceive the
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