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Intro to Sociology, Week 3 Notes

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Intro to Sociology, Week 3 Notes SO 1003

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These notes cover Chapter 3
Intro to Sociology
Robert Montgomery
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Date Created: 02/16/16
Intro to Sociology Chapter 3 What is culture?  Culture is a way of life for a group of people  It’s a set of beliefs, traditions, and practices  The concept of culture is always changing and has evolved and expanded throughout history  The oldest understanding of culture focuses on the distinction between: o Natural environment o Things to do with humans Ethnocentrism  When we come into contact with other cultures, we think our culture is the best and knows everything and don’t want anything to do with any other culture  Ethnocentrism o Judging other cultures based on superiority of own culture Cultural relativism  Developed by Ruth Benedict in 1930s  Idea to seek to understand where each culture comes from and to not judge their differences Subculture  Everybody belongs to several different cultures  We belong to smaller groups within society known as subcultures  They have their own set of values, norms, and way of living Values and Norms  Values are beliefs like right and wrong  Norms are rules based on values  Socialization is how we learn the values and norms of our culture in order to fit in as a member of that society Other terms from this chapter  Nonmaterial culture o Values, norms, beliefs, and behaviors  Material culture o Everything that is part of the constructed, physical environment we are a part of  Ideology o How things relate to each other  Cultural scripts o Types of behavior that is not the same across the world  Reflection theory o The idea that culture is a projection of social relationships and structure  Media o Anything that communicates a message  Hegemony o When a group in power uses its superiority to get the masses to agree  Consumerism o buying more things in order to fell happy  Culture jamming o When media is turned against themselves


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