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Unformatted text preview: The Concepts of Culture Culture consists of the values held by a given group, the norms they follow, and the material goods they create. The Development of Human Culture Human cultures have evolved over thousands of years and reflect both human biology and the physical environment where the cultures emerged. A defining feature of humankind is its inventiveness in creating new forms of culture. How Nature and Nurture Interact Most sociologists do not deny that biology plays a role in shaping human behavior, especially through the interaction between biology and culture. Sociologists' main concern, however, is with how behavior is learned in the individual's interaction with society. Forms of behavior found in all, or virtually all, cultures are called cultural universals . Language , the prohibition against incest, institutions of marriage, the family, religion, and property are the main types of cultural universalsbut within these general categories there are many variations in values...
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