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Unformatted text preview: e’ve been doing Symbolic Dimension of Culture Symbolic 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 (Sapir-Whorf) 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: Language Social Boundaries Language can create and maintain boundaries • Subcultural boundaries can be recognized t...
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