Comprehensive Version--The Culture Concept

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Chapter 2 Ferraro Chapter 1 Hodges The Concept of Culture
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What We Will Learn How do anthropologists define the term culture ? Despite the enormous variation in different cultures, are some common features found in all cultures of the world? What are the “lines that divide, and the ties that bind?”
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Culture Defined: Is everything people have material possessions Is everything people think ideas, values, and attitudes Is everything people do behavior patterns
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Culture According to the anthropological perspective, this Australian aboriginal man playing the dijeridoo has as much culture as world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
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Three Components of Culture
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Symbols Something that stands for something else. The ability to symbolize is the most fundamental aspect of culture. Symbols help people identify, sort, and classify things, ideas, and behaviors. When people symbolize using language, they can express experiences that took place earlier or suggest events that may happen.
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Culture and Civilization Civilizations are cultures that have developed cities. Civilizations are characterized by monumental architecture centralized (hierarchical) governments fully efficient food production systems writing
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Culture Is Shared For something to be cultural, it must have a meaning shared by most people in a society. When people share a culture, they can predict how others will behave. When we step outside our culture, misunderstandings can occur.
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Societies such as the United States and Canada are composed of a number of subcultural groups. One such group in the
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Guda during the Spring '11 term at Campbell University .

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