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Society and Cultur5 - Society and Culture Hierarchy of Cultures In societies where there are different kinds of people one group is usually larger

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Society and Culture Hierarchy of Cultures In societies where there are different kinds of people, one group is usually larger or more powerful than the others. Generally, societies consist of a dominant culture, subcultures, and countercultures. Dominant Culture The dominant culture in a society is the group whose members are in the majority or who wield more power than other groups . In the United States, the dominant culture is that of white, middle-class, Protestant people of northern European descent. There are more white people here than African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, or Native Americans, and there are more middle-class people than there are rich or poor people. The Majority Doesn’t Always Rule A group does not have to be a majority to be a dominant culture. In South Africa, there are four times as many black Africans as white Africans of European descent. Yet under a system of racial segregation and domination called apartheid , which was legally in effect from 1948 to 1991, the
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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