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Basic Ideas of Sociology SYG 3002  U01 Prof. A. Douglas Kincaid September 26, 2011
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Today’s Outline n Course updates n Culture n Beliefs, values, norms n Assignment for 9/28/11
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Defining culture n Charon and Vigilant: “Culture is a perspective on the world that people come to share as they interact.” n “The United States is a society whose people share a culture.” n “And within the United States, each community, each formal organization, each group, and each dyad has its own culture…” (p. 81)
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Defining culture n Culture is a body of learned customs, knowledge, behavior, and material objects n Some sociological principles of culture Ø Material and non-material Ø Dynamic Ø Learned Ø Imperfectly represented by individuals
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Elements of culture n Key concepts of culture Ø Beliefs (truths): conceptions of the world and the individual’s place within it Ø Values: shared conception of what is good, right, or important with regard to conduct, appearances, or states of being Ø Norms: rules that specify behavior appropriate to a social situation
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course SYG 3002 taught by Professor Adouglaskencaid during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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