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Tepperman2IM03 - Chapter Three: Culture and Culture Change...

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Chapter Three: Culture and Culture Change Overview First and foremost, after reading this chapter students will be more aware of the fact that culture is a powerful social force that both unites and divides groups of people. They will also be introduced to the difficulty of defining exactly what culture is. They will understand that at its most basic level, culture encompasses all human made creations; however, they will also see that in order for the term to be useful for sociological investigation, it is very important to narrow this definition. The chapter also discusses the significance of place and time in relation to culture. Students will understand that culture crosses both place and time, that it is never stagnant, and that it constantly evolves and spreads among different groups. This means that the dividing lines between cultures are blurry and always shifting. Students will see that a lot of sociological study has been focused on culture, and that it plays an important role in sociological theory. Specifically, students will be given an overview of five major sociological theories and their relationship to culture. This chapter also focuses on the influence of religion, language, mass media, and
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2010 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Barrym during the Fall '09 term at Waterloo.

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Tepperman2IM03 - Chapter Three: Culture and Culture Change...

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