Sociology - Sociology Sapir-whorf hypothesis-Language determines peoples thoughts/perceptions b/c it forces people to see the world in adefinite

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Sociology Sapir-whorf hypothesis -Language determines peoples thoughts/perceptions b/c it forces people to see the world in adefinite way. -Critics: If lang shape reality, then different lang speakers have different perceptions of reality. - Language and culture shape each other. (know these) Social inequity in language -language reflects patterns of race, class, gender -Labeling-ex. Names of racial/ethnic groups impose an identify on people within those groups -Power relationships between groups supply social context - Racist and sexist thinking Norms Rules and expectations by a society which guide the behavior of its members -folkways- norms for routine, casual interaction -mores- widely observed with great moral significance -how are they enforced? -Social sanctions-mechanisms of social control to enforce norms -taboos- strict sanctions when violated www. cousincouples.com beliefs -usually come from religion, myth, folklore or science -provide a meaning system -culture is organized around beliefs Values -Culturally defined standards by which people assess desirability, goodness, and beauty serving as broad guidelines for social living - source of cohesion or conflict
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-ex: Terri Schiavo case (woman in coma for 15 years, husband wanted to end life support, family did not. Took 10 days to starve her to death) Cultural Diversity - Dominant Culture - most powerful group in society -set cultural expectations -expectations supported by major institutions -Sets standards by which other cultures (non-dominant) in that society are judged Subcultures -groups within larger culture -values and norms differ from dominant culture --shares some values and norms with dominant cultures -coexists with dominant culture Countercultures - subcultures created in reaction against dominant culture -sometimes directly challenges dominant political system -ex: US White Supremacist Ethnocentrism and cultural relativism Etho: seeing ONLY from the point of view of one’s own group-it’s the opposite of CR-builds solidarity and creates discrimination CR: Sometimes can be understood and judged only in relation to its cultural context. Globalization of culture -Global culture: a single culture spreads though out the world -Sociologists differ on this-what do you think… Mass Meida and popular culture Mass Media- methods of communication available to wide segments of society (tv, radio, movie, internet, ect) -US: TV dominants leisure time; ave. person watches 73 hrs/week
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This note was uploaded on 07/27/2010 for the course SOCI 1320 taught by Professor Love during the Summer '10 term at Texas State.

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Sociology - Sociology Sapir-whorf hypothesis-Language determines peoples thoughts/perceptions b/c it forces people to see the world in adefinite

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