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Unformatted text preview: n the justification of capitalism. The establishment and reinforcement of elitism is seen by these critics as a key element in the role of such genres as opera and ballet. ­ Cultural patterns that distinguish a society's population elite ­ In practice, culture referred to elite goods and activities such as haute cuisine, high fashion or haute couture, museum­caliber art and classical music. The word cultured referred to people who knew about and took part in these activities. For example, someone who used culture in this sense might argue that classical music is more refined than music by working­class people, such as jazz or the indigenous music traditions of aboriginal peoples. People who use culture in this way tend not to use it in the plural. They believe that there are not distinct cultures, each with their own internal logic and values, but rather only a single standard of refinement to which all groups are held accountable. Thus people who differ from those who believe themselves to be cultured in this sense are not usually understood as having a different culture; they are understood as being uncultured How Culture is learned The simplest way to think about culture is to think about the distinction between nature (our biology and genetics) andnurture (our environment and surroundings that also shape our identities). Because of our biology and genetics, we have a particular form and we have certain abilities. But our biological nature does not exclusively determine who we are. For that, we need culture. Culture is the non­biological or social aspects of hum...
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This test prep was uploaded on 03/05/2014 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Prof. during the Fall '11 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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