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Allll Soci Notes (culture) 04/05/2009 15:55:00 1/20/09 CULTURE Where we’ve been -> going Today: Culture What is culture? Values, beliefs, behaviors and material objects that together form a people’s  way of life.  Two Kinds Non-material culture o Intangible world of ideas created by members of a society (altruism to  Zen) Material Culture o The tangible things created by members of a society o EX: art, religious artifacts Culture shock o Culture shapes what we do, and who we are as individuals o EX: Japanese vs. USC : collective vs. individual culture o Culture shock Languages o 7,000 languages worldwide o nonverbal language  Ex: ok! Good Job
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Symbols o Anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by the people  who share the culture (American flag) Language o A system of symbols which allows people to communicate with one  another Lang= culture transmission o Lang and cultural transmission o New ymbols/new combinations create new meanings o Hih hop: ushered in many new words- “bling” can become mainstream Values and beliefs o Culturally defined standards by which people assess desirability,  goodness, beauty o Serve as broad guidelines for living Values and beliefs o Values underlie beliefs o Broad statements that people hold to be true o Belief in equal opportunity…suppoer for a woman president, black  president Mores and folkways o Mores: Norms that are widely observed and have great significance Ex: taboo o Folkways Folkways: norms or casual interaction
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Between right and rude Ex: proper dress, greetings Ideal vs. real culture o “marital fidelity” o 25% of men/10% of women admit to marital infedility subculture/counter culture o cultural patterns that set some apart from a society’s population o counter culture- patterns that strongly oppose society’s population Cultrual Studies Two kinds of culture o Pop o High culture o Cultural studies linked to POWER o Semiotics Studying signs o Anything can be studied as a sign Gang sign Graffiti Online emoticons Signs o Organized into a system of codes-linked to explicit and implicit rules
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o Encoded messages- can be read only by those who understand the  code Ethnocentrism o Representations of minorities in popular culture—Darnell Hunt  “protests” vs. “riots” Can have important political meanings Signifying structure called a “text” Linguistic theory…”signifier” and” signified” o CAT slide example o Family as signifier  We are cultured/they are barbaric Gramsci o Hegemony and power  Media Bordieu-habitus o As a set behavior of acquired patterns of thought, behavior and taste
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