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Culture

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Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCA01H3
Professor
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

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Culture
September 23rd, 2010
-Accounts for most of human behaviour
-total way of life of some specific group
-ideas, practices or behaviour, it is also material objects
Origins of Culture
-Symbolic culture
-Production: culture is tools, improves and enriches our lives. Improve our ability to take
what we want from nature
-Material culture: Comprised of tools/techniques that enable people to get tasks
accomplished
-behaviour follows specific patterns; reoccurrence
-culture is responsible for regularity; every morning what we observe is people heading into
town for example, you can predict things on a regular basis
2 Faces of Culture
-culture is a paradox; it has 2 contrasting qualities, freedom and constraint
Cultural Production
-human beings are not human without culture, we need it/depend on it, we cannot reach our
potential without it
-people can go crazy if they cannot find something to do with themselves
Consumerism
-this is particularly our culture
-bombarded constantly with messages to buy things, most of us are caught up with buying
things, way of achieving social prestige
-can also be important if you are part of a specific subculture, ex. Adolescence/teens
Counterculture to Subculture
-consumerism is a social control device
-hippie’s good example of counterculture, popularized weed, has the most long lasting
impact
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Culture rd September 23 , 2010 -Accounts for most of human behaviour -total way of life of some specific group -ideas, practices or behaviour, it is also material objects Origins of Culture -Symbolic culture -Production: culture is tools, improves and enriches our lives. Improve our ability to take what we want from nature -Material culture: Comprised of toolstechniques that enable people to get tasks accomplished -behaviour follows specific patterns; reoccurrence -culture is responsible for regularity; every morning what we observe is people heading into town for example, you can predict things on a regular basis 2 Faces of Culture -culture is a paradox; it has 2 contrasting qualities,
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