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1-27-10 - 1 Characteristics of culture a Is shared b...

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1) Characteristics of culture a) Is shared b) Learned based on symbols c) Integrated 2) What is culture? a) Inherited information a.i) Learned: enculturation a.ii) Relearned: acculturation b) Shared: “super-organic” c) Mental, symbolic d) “normal:” inclusive or exclusive e) Dynamic: constantly remade f) Adaptive or maladaptive g) Perception, classification 3) Examples of cultural categories a) Normal vs. strange or offensive b) Warm cis. Cold c) Clean vs. dirty d) Food vs. nonfood e) Sickness f) People: self vs. other, us vs. them 4) Culture is Shared a) Culture cannot exist without society b) There are no known human societies that do not exhibit culture. c) All is not uniform within a culture; There is some difference between men’s and woman’s roles in ay human society. 5) Subcultures a) Groups that function by their own distinctive standards of behavior while still sharing some common standard with the larger society within which they exist.
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