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Bonus Opportunity (on Moodle) The Sociological Imagination: intersection of biography and history Imagine the life of one of your grandparents or an older friend from their time period Putting yourself in their shoes, how did the historical events and social contexts around them influence their lives? Due: Feb. 17 th at beginning of class
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Culture January 23, 2012
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Ancient Greece Just one example of a culture Food: example of material culture Importance of sharing a meal: non-material culture We all exist in many cultures at the same time Local, state, national
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A more “familiar” culture
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National Culture
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A Culture is made up of many things Symbols (Liberty bell, Mt. Rushmore) Language Norms Values and Beliefs
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Language Based on a system of symbols How we first learn about the world, and our culture = cultural transmission L O L
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Norms Unwritten expectations, rules Familiar, taken for granted
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Unformatted text preview: • Different depending on time, place, social status, etc. Values and Beliefs • Values: what is right / wrong • Beliefs: what is true / false • Also change, evolve over time • Conflict over tradition / accepting changes – Issue of cultural lag Cultural Conflict: 1960’s • Technological change: TV • Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement • Status quo of war / inequality vs. increased freedoms – Minority groups, women, the poor, etc. • Some argue these conflicts are still going on Cultural Change • Invention – Ex: Computers and the Internet • Discovery – Ex: Fire • Diffusion – Ex: Capitalism, Democracy Popular and High Culture Popular • Forms of culture that are widespread in the culture High • Forms of culture usually only the rich, elite participate in Many Cultures in a Globally Connected World • Ethnocentrism vs. Cultural Relativism...
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