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Unformatted text preview: hrough argots Argot­ specialized vocabulary of a group • Some societies are divided by language Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa • Accent can identify class position 9 / 11 Other Symbols Other Gestures Physical distance Flags • Message: we can develop strong emotional attachments to symbols Societies, Organizations, Groups and Culture I and Term “culture” usually refers to the ways of a society • Sometimes called dominant or mainstream culture Collectives smaller than societies often have distinctive contexts of meaning • Sometimes called subcultures, especially if many people are involved Societies, Organizations, Groups and Culture II and Can be analyzed in ways similar to analysis of a society’s culture Characteristics of culture in collectives smaller than societies • Cover smaller ranges of behaviors and symbols than overall culture E.g., group of friends has norms and symbols, but not an entire language or rules about driving • Aware of overall culture Usually augments overall culture Some may be in opposition to overall culture Ideal vs Real Culture I Ideal culture ­­ what people and institutions should do, according to cultural norms and values Real culture ­­ what people and institutions actually do Ideal and real cultures are usually not the same Ideal vs Real Culture II Tension between ideal and real can lead to changes in either or both...
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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.

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