SOCY.Culture.PP - CULTURE"Natives who beat drums to drive...

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CULTURE “Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.” -- Mary Ellen Kelly
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Culture Latin root “cultura” – to cultivate or till Means by which humans cultivate their social world Macro and Micro levels
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Material Culture: Tangible artifacts and physical objects with meaning
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Non-Material Culture: Intangible, abstract human creations with meaning
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Cyclical Nature of Culture We invent shared definitions, rules, expectations, and sanctioning systems that effectively yield patterns of behavior . We pass on these meanings to future generations, objectifying their human creation. We create culture, and in turn, it creates us.
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Cyclical Nature of Culture
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Culture is Learned No gene tells us: Believe in a particular path to paradise Get married Drive on the right Value capitalism and individualism Big boys don’t cry
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Culture is Learned
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Culture is Learned
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“Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.”
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“Choosy Moms Choose Jif.”
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Culture is Learned “What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how.” -- William Wordsworth
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Components of Culture 1) Symbols 2) Language 3) Norms 4) Values and Beliefs
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Symbols – Meaning assigned to Objects, Ideas, or Behavior
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Symbols – Meaning assigned to Objects, Ideas, or Behavior
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Language – System of Symbols for Communication Graphic symbols with rules for usage, placement, and pronunciation.
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Language – System of Symbols for Communication
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