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Week 3 SOC Notes

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Week 3 SOC Notes SOC 101

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These notes are from the lecture and powerpoint in class. The topics covered are: culture shock, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, interdependence, cultural adjustment, cultural universals, socia...
Introduction to Sociology
Dr. Richard Fey
Class Notes
sociology, cultureshock, Ethnocentrism, Culture, Interdependence, socialization, looking-glasstheory
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Date Created: 09/10/16
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURE ● CULTURE SHOCK ○ Disorientation due to the inability to make sense out of one’s surroundings ■ Domestic and foreign travel (where do you find the bathroom when you don’t know the  language?) ● ETHNOCENTRISM ○ A biased “Cultural Yardstick” ■ Comparing another culture to our own; value structure (better or worse) ■ Canada’s cheese vs. America’s cheese ● CULTURAL RELATIVISM ○ More accurate understanding of the cultural structures of other countries  INTERDEPENDENCE ● CULTURE INTEGRATION ○ Change in one part of culture may lead to changes in other parts of culture ○ Everything is dependent on all other aspects ■ Example: computers and changes in our language  ● CULTURE LAG ○ NONMATERIAL CULTURE normally “lags” behind MATERIAL CULTURE which often  speeds ahead at alarming rates ■ Example: medical procedures and ethics ● Getting new iPhone updates are good, but cloning is still frowned upon IS THERE A “GLOBAL CULTURE?” ● Some believe that a Global Culture exist in three areas: ○ Global culture­ infusion of cultures ● The basic thesis: ○ THE FLOW OF GOODS ■ Material product trading has never been as important ● Can get Nike products anywhere ■ Some hate what can be called the “Americanization of the world” ○ THE FLOW OF INFORMATION ■ There are few, if any, places left on earth where worldwide communications is not possible ■ We can travel virtually anywhere, anytime ○ THE FLOW OF PEOPLE ■ Knowledge means people learn about places on Earth where they feel life may be better ● Problems with this thesis? ○ All the flows haven’t been even ■ Western view is the biggest influencer; could feel like a cultural oppressor  ○ Assumes affordability of goods ■ World 2 class system? ○ People don’t attach the same meaning to material goods CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT ● Acculturation – when there is a lot of contact and one culture becomes “used to” the other. ○ The cultures might adopt different parts of each other; infusion  ○ Mexican food in America vs. food in Mexico  ● Accommodation – when the larger culture allows the smaller culture to retain its own identity. ○ Ex: Chinatown in San Francisco  ● Assimilation – when the smaller culture is absorbed into the larger culture losing its own  identity. ○ Ex: Spaniards taking over Aztecs CULTURAL UNIVERSALS ● Traits common to every known culture ● THE FAMILY ○ Assignment of social responsibilities for young and the control of sexual reproduction ● FUNERAL RITES ○ Community bonding with closure, comfort, and continuity for the living ● SMILING AND HUMOR ○ Outward signs of friendship and safety value for social tensions ● DEVIANCE ○ WHAT is deviance can change, but having something that doesn’t fit in is universal ○ A constant reminder of the behavioral limits found in a given society with respect to  individuality and nonconformity  Socialization: The Process of Becoming Human ● Theories of Socialization ○ Nature ■ Heredity—biological ■ Love doesn’t exist, all chemical reactions in the brain to make you feel this way ■ Male vs. female only in the genes ○ Nurture ■ Environmental—sociological ■ Everything is socially defined  ■ Different definitions of masculinity and femininity depending on the culture ○ Sociobiology ■ There is some validity to nature argument, BUT also some validity to nurture  ■ Bridge between 2 arguments  Socialization is a Process ● Life long process of social experiences, leading to: ○ Personality development ■ The fairly consistent patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting Emile Durkheim on Socialization ● Durkheim ○ society “is able to exist only because it gets inside the human being, shaping our inner life,  creating our conscience, our ideas, our values.  Society’s rules become our own; its ways become ours” (Charon 1999:26). ○ We internalize, or reject, values that make up society and continue it Functions of Socialization ● Personality development ○ Self—one’s sense of identity and awareness of self, awareness of being human ■ a social product ■ We get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of how things really are, and then we don’t just react we think about  what’s happening   ○ Self­concept—how you view yourself ■ If we act differently or experience different things, this is going to change ■ Girls walking alone at night­ knows what it means to be a woman in society ■ Gives us a value structure leading to self esteem Charles Horton Cooley: the Looking­glass Self ● Our self is our interpretation of how others see us ○ When we interact with others, their reaction to us give us concept to self ■ Learning if you’re a good/bad kid: how your parents react to things you  ● We are socially created by our interactions with others ● Self comes about as a result of the way he/she perceives the responses of others towards him/her ○ Why you choose your mannerisms? Wanna keep getting the reaction you want from others ○ First date analogy  ○ More like a symbolic interaction ● “the process in which individuals use others like mirrors and base their conceptions of  themselves on what is reflected back to them during social interaction” (Thompson and  Hickey 2002:86). ●  Norman Rockwell painting society vs. self


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