Culture is a Tool for Problems of Living

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Culture is a Tool for Problems of Living • The US has abundant land for grazing cows whereas Koreans have limited space--and they use their cows for labor on steep hills • Rice is the staple for Koreans and corn is for the US • Native Americans call corn “our mother” or “our life” whereas most Americans only eat white or yellow corn Culture is a Tool for Problems of Living • Koreans eat rice at all meals to them rice means food • Culture also gives us social emotions --internal body sensations that we experience in relationships with other people--grief, love, hate or embarrassment Culture is a Tool for Problems of Living • Feeling rules--norms that specify appropriate ways to express internal
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Unformatted text preview: sensations In the US it is inappropriate for same-sex people to touch or hold each other A Korean couple almost never touch, hug, or kiss in public What is the role of laughter--sometimes it is to express tension and other times it is due to something funny North Koreans are required to study the life of the two presidentsKims Material and Non Material Culture Difficult to separate the effects of non-material and material culture on behavior Burial services--in US we put people in coffins and a vault whereas the Koreans use a pine box to allow the person to become one with the earth...
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