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CULTURE LAW —a whole different structure, often imposed by a powerful minority-written down, with a mechanism for enforcement and proscriptive norms (= punishment) CULTURAL CHANGE AND CONFLICT The most exciting part of a sociology course—cultural conflicts—can often be categorized by the major sociological areas Race Age Sex/gender Ethnic Religion Social class Technology creates cultural changes (autos, telephones, computers) and how society is organized--new technologies create new lives (e.g. printing press, internet) and new forms of behavior—a recent article in The New York Times describes couples breaking up by changing their status on they MySpace sites, even without informing their partner Technology —knowledge, techniques and tools that allow people to transform resources into usable forms and the skills to use that is developed—material changes inevitably bring cultural changes Cultural lag— a term crated by William Ogburn
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Unformatted text preview: (1922-1938) to show that all elements of a culture do not change at the same speed--a gap between technical development and moral or legal institutions—when the law is behind cultural change or when the dominant culture refuses to accept change (contraception, legalization of drugs, stem cell research)—material culture changes faster than nonmaterial culture—also uses the nine month school year as an example of cultural lag Cultural diffusion (often called “assimilation”)—culture accepts elements of others cultures and incorporates them—always a conflict between “traditional” values and new ones Discovery —the process of learning something previously unknown or unrecognized Invention —the process of reshaping cultural items into a new form Diffusion —the transmission of cultural items or social practices from one group or society to another—Kendall gives the history of the piñata (p. 85)...
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