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Unformatted text preview: Culture and Society Defined Culture consists of the beliefs, behaviors, objects, and other characteristics common to the members of a particular group or society. Through culture, people and groups define themselves, conform to society's shared values, and contribute to society. Thus, culture includes many societal aspects: language, customs, values, norms, mores, rules, tools, technologies, products, organizations, and institutions. This latter term institution refers to clusters of rules and cultural meanings associated with specific social activities. Common institutions are the family, education, religion, work, and health care. Popularly speaking, being cultured means being well-educated, knowledgeable of the arts, stylish, and well-mannered. High culture generally pursued by the upper classrefers to classical music, theater, fine arts, and other sophisticated pursuits. Members of the upper class can pursue high art theater, fine arts, and other sophisticated pursuits....
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- Fall '09