10.29 Culture and Meaning - Culture and Meaning The...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Culture and Meaning: The Sandhogs and Their Drinking Rituals
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Culture is: Collective response to managing uncertainty A blue print for living or sense making devise Is composed of two elements: Ideology is the shared, relatively coherently interrelated sets of emotionally charged beliefs, values, and norms that bind some people together and help them make sense of their world Cultural forms express, communicate, and reinforce ideology: Symbols, rituals, stories
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Alcohol is Cultural Form Alcohol is not simply a beverage. Alcohol is a symbol laden with meaning. God’s Good Gift Demon Rum Inebriate/Alcoholic as American folk-devil. Symbol embedded in rituals: Standardized patterns of behavior that signal how one ought to behave (e.g., Communion).
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Ritual Effects Elements of ritual include: Group interacting Common focus of attention Common emotional mood Sacred object or symbol of the group Effects
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