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Lecture 4 Culture
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Culture  in Sociology refers to a perspective on  the world that people come to share through  social interaction. NOT pop culture or high culture Introduction to Culture
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Culture is profoundly influential in shaping our  behavior, our values, and our beliefs. But it is often so engrained in your sense of  self and your sense of the world (i.e., so  natural to you) that it’s very hard to see or  notice. Introduction to Culture
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“The last thing which a  dweller in the deep sea  would be likely to  discover would be water.  He would become  conscious of its  existence only if some  accident brought him to  the surface and  introduced him to air.” Ralph Linton ̶ Introduction to Culture
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Culture has both material and non-material  attributes. Material Culture:   everything that humans make  from nature (e.g., houses, cell phones, ice cream  cones, the Statue of Liberty) Non-Material Culture : intangible things such as  symbols, language, norms, values, beliefs. Introduction to Culture
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By definition, symbols are  social things (if an object has  meaning to just one person, it’s  not a symbol). Symbols acquire meaning only  in the context of a culture. Symbols
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To people in a different  culture, symbols may have no  meaning or a different  meaning. Symbols elicit powerful  emotions because they  express the emotional  foundations of our cultures. Symbols
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Language is a system of  symbols and rules for using  those symbols (e.g., grammar,  syntax) that allow people to  communicate with one another.    Without language, there could  be no culture at all. Language
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