CHAPTER 3_SYG - CHAPTER 3: CULTURE SECTION 1 Culture o The...

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CHAPTER 3: CULTURE SECTION 1 Culture o The learned & shared behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, values, & material objects that characterize a particular group or society. o It influences us Society o A group of people that has lived & worked together long enough to become an organized population & to think of themselves as a social unit o Characteristics of Culture o Culture is learned. (parents, friends, teachers, media) o Culture is transmitted from one generation to the next o Culture is shared o Material Culture o o Tools, jewelry, pottery, clothing, furniture Nonmaterial Culture o Shared set of meanings that people use to interpret & understand the world o SECTION 2 Building Blocks of Culture o Symbol Anything that stands for something else & has a particular meaning for people who share a culture Symbols include: Words Gestures Physical objects Often forms of communication Distinguish one culture from another Currency Can unify or divide a society American flag Football teams Symbols change over time Cross: originally used for prosecution Can mean something different in the same society Confederate flag: racism vs unity
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o Language a system of shared symbols that enables people to communicate
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 2000 taught by Professor Someone during the Spring '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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CHAPTER 3_SYG - CHAPTER 3: CULTURE SECTION 1 Culture o The...

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