11-8 lecture - Culture IV. Practices (e.g Choosing) 1....

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Culture IV. Practices (e.g Choosing) 1. Skills, habits (e.g. getting up on time; “hanging out”; displaying eagerness) V. Categories 1. culturally constructed, but real, e.g. “Latino” or “white” 2. marked and unmarked categories VI. Semiotic Codes The way people display themselves to others japanese – highly inappropriate to say one is able categories – culturally powerful because they seem real. There were once no categories of hetero/homosexual. Categories taken for granted now – did not exist up to 30 yrs ago – race and ethnicity. Whites, blacks, latino, asian. We believe things come in those forms. Real because implemented by organizations, effects how other people see you. Marked vs unmarked – if person is not white, you will notice it. Thus white is an unmarked category. Whiteness – ambiguous category, historically unmarked category. In cartoons – girl bear vs boy bear. Girl bear has a bow, big lips, something. Culture not only creates category, but naturalizes some of
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11-8 lecture - Culture IV. Practices (e.g Choosing) 1....

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