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Culture and Families
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Overview Definitions How does culture influence our lives? “Raging Hormones” Interracial marriage. In-class Individual Assignment #4: Your cultural background.
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Definitions Culture: Patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance (Wikipedia) Symbolic resources (e.g. ideas, theories, commonsense, scripts, schemas) embodied in daily practices (e.g. routines, customs) and social structures (e.g. institutions, laws).
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Definitions Culture: Can refer to very broad shared values, practices, etc., such as “American culture” or “Japanese culture.” Or can be more specific, such as “gay culture” or “sports culture” or “academic culture” or …. Sometimes these are referred to as “sub-cultures.” In this sense we all belong to multiple cultures
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Definitions Ethnicity: The group that an individual shares a social and cultural heritage with. Differs from race because ethnicity focuses on shared culture while race focuses on shared genetics.
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Ethnocentrism: Assumption that one’s own culture is the standard by which other cultures should be judged. Belief that one’s own identity and its characteristics
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