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Symbolic Interactionism – members of a group influence each others behavior. Symbol – something chosen to represents something else. In symbolic interaction society functions because of mutually understood symbols. We learn the meaning of symbols by observing how others react to it. We base our behavior on the meaning. We try to predict how others will react to us based on the meaning of symbols. We tend to converse with ourselves before acting. Sociology Notes Chapter 3 Section one -- The Basis of Culture Culture – the knowledge, language, values, customs, and physical objects that are passed from generation to generation among members of a group. Material – physical objects Nonmaterial – beliefs, rules, customs, structure of systems
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Unformatted text preview: Society – a group of people who live in a defined territory and participate in a common culture. Human cultural behavior must be learned Instincts – genetically inherited patterns of behavior. Culture is more important than instinct in determining human behavior. Humans are forced to create and learn their own ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. We rely on the culture we have created. Heredity – one half of personality traits are inherited through genetic makeup. (Nature vs. Nurture). Reflexes – simple, biologically inherited, automatic reactions to physical stimuli. Drives – impulses to reduce discomfort (eat, drink, sleep)....
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