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Unformatted text preview: but it is concentrated in our We childhoods childhoods We learn through enculturation (the process of learning to be a member of a We enculturation specific cultural group) specific Culture and Personality theorists focused on child rearing as the way to best study enculturation. study Culture and Personality Theorists Theorists Popular approach from 1920s to 1950s culture as the principal force in shaping the personality of a society culture Assumed that each society had a distinct culture and personality Assumed (homogenous, usually national, culture) (homogenous, Margaret Mead’s (1928) Coming of Age in Samoa Margaret Coming Ruth Benedict’s (1946) Chrysanthemum and the Sword on Ruth Chrysanthemum Japanese culture Japanese Remains important today, although we today tend to view societies Remains as being less culturally homogeneous as Characteristics of Culture: Classification Systems Creation of shared mental models applied to perceptions and experiences in Creation shared order to: order Organize Classify Understand Ethnoscience is a theoretical perspective that focuses on recording and examining ways that members of a society use language to classify and organize their cognitive world, for example: organize Study of color classification systems Ethnobotany (study of plant classification systems) Ethnozoology (study of animal classification systems) Characteristics of Culture: Symbols Culture: Symbols stands for something else - enable us to store Symbols information and condense meaning information Examples: Mac or PC? Team mascots Symbolic anthropology is a t...
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