SST 253 Comparative Cultures

SST 253 Comparative Cultures - E lements of Cultu re...

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Elements of Culture Language – conveys the priorities of a culture. Examples: money/English, snow/Eskimos Symbolic Communication – films, traffic signs, lyrics of popular songs, hand gestures. Differ in different cultures. Example: Thumbs up – America/Good job, Australia/Up yours Norms – Codes of social behavior that influence us in both formal and informal contexts. Mores – Strictly enforced norms thought essential to protecting society’s core values. Folkways – Norms that are not strictly enforced by society. Values – Culturally defined general standards of beauty, goodness, and desirability that undergird social living. Culture and Society Society and culture are closely related but are not the same thing. Society Culture structure content organization lifestyle objective subjective social building blocks social codes people on a territory people with an identity social interaction social thought Society - an organized group of persons associated together for religious,
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