Ch2 - Ch. 2-Culture SO 1003-Week 2 Culture Language,...

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Unformatted text preview: Ch. 2-Culture SO 1003-Week 2 Culture Language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects passed from one generation to the next Material-most often created and utilized Tools, technology, jewelry, etc... Symbols...e.g., dances, gestures, etc... Nonmaterial-ways of thinking and doing Touches every aspect of life Culture Shock Disorientation that people experience when they come into contact with a different culture. Ethnocentrism The use of one's own culture as a yardstick for judging the ways of other individuals or societies Includes preferring one's culture William Summer Cultural Relativism Not judging a culture but trying to understand it on its own terms Discussion I. Students who moved from other areas and cultural differences you have faced. -Likes & Dislikes II. Everyone write down three groups to which you are currently a member. Identify ethnocentric tendencies...Pos/Neg? How are these functional/dysfunctional to the group and it's members? Discussion, Cont. III. Identify some instances when the U.S. has practiced ethnocentrism. Were/are they positive and/or negative? In general, are Americans more or less ethnocentric than people of other nationalities? If so, how? Good or bad? IV. Traveled abroad... ethnocentrism/culture shock ...
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