Sept16 - 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology Culture...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology Culture Some analogies to get us started! culture:physiology = software:hardware culture:structure = software:hardware 2 What is Culture? Think of culture as being like blueprints, plans, or recipes--a medium for interpreting, and responding to, our surroundings: a kind of "TOOLKIT A system of meaning and behavior that defines the way of life for a given group or society Comprises language, other tools, symbols, habits, practices, art, attitudes, roles, values, shared points of contention, etc. Types of Culture Material Culture: Objects Significant because of the meaning they are GIVEN Non-material culture: Norms, laws, customs, ideas, beliefs Intangible, but meaningful Ex: freedom is valuable, marriage is between a man and a woman Culture is: Shared Collectively experienced and agreed upon Learned may seem natural through education, observation, imitation (socialization ) Taken for granted Rarely questioned Seems normal 3 Culture is Symbolic Symbols express cultural meaning Their meaning provided by society, context Learning a culture means learning symbolic meanings Varies across time and place Cultural relativism: something can only be...
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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Sept16 - 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology Culture...

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