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Unformatted text preview: e’ve been doing Symbolic Dimension of Culture
The symbolic dimension of culture is the system of meanings a group has for interpreting and making sense of the world around them and for communicating meaning
Most important element: language
Others: body language (nonverbal communication), cultural icons, collective memories Language I
Language Importance of Language
• Language is the most important medium for learning culture
• Language allows vicarious learning • Learning through the experience of others
• With language, you don’t have to be there Language II
Language We think in language • Everyone talks to him or herself
• Difficult to think about things for which we have no words Language III:
Whorf-Sapir WhorfSapir Hypothesis: Categories our minds use to process information are given by our language
• In effect, language controls how our senses operate
• Called “linguistic relativity hypothesis” by some At level of vision, hypothesis is false
For vicarious learning through language, it might as well be true
For thinking, largely true Language IV:
Social Boundaries Language can create and maintain boundaries • Subcultural boundaries can be recognized t...
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2014 for the course SOCY 1000 taught by Professor Backman during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.
- Spring '08