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Kinship and Descent

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Kinship and Descent: Chapter 8 10/03/2008 08:59:00 Society vs. Culture Society centers on patterned relationships or ties between people o Generally has precise boundaries (a member or not a member) o Culture centers on shared ideas or knowledge Fuzz categories with no clear boundaries o Example: body piercing People may be part of a culture or subculture, because they  share some ideas about bodies and ornaments o Yet people are not automatically a society unless they are organized  Each concept can be used at various levels of inclusiveness o “Society” largest group and “social units” smaller Groups can be defined according to a number of different criteria o By criteria for memberships (born into it, residence, choice=clubs) o By organization (formal membership or broad category or class) o
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