home décorclothingeatingbodyWhat is Culture?Culture:a complex collection of values, beliefs, behaviours and material objects shared by a group and passed on from one generation to the next. It is a human constructionComponents of Culture1. Nonmaterial culture:The intangible and abstract components of a society, including values and norms.2. Material culture:The tangible artifacts and physical objects found in a given societyIncludes symbols, language, values, norms (folkways and mores, not lectured on)Culture•it is learned•it is shared•it is transmitted•it is cumulative•it is humanSymbolsSymbols:something that stands for or represents something else (i.e. the Canadian Flag).Symbols are powerful–affect how we view and define ourselves and others–shape how we think about such categories as female and male, and how we define race (think about Mickey Mouse Monopoly) –greatly impact our views and beliefs about people and how we relate to them, (which can affect people’s access to resources)Language•Language: shared symbol system of rules and meanings that govern the production and interpretation of speech and communication. oPeople create realitiesof meaning through language and other symbolic systems. oSapir-Whorf hypothesis: argues that language influences how we perceive the world.