2 - Culture

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Published on 12 Oct 2011
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UTSG
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Sociology
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SOC101Y1
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Ritualized behaviors because ppl think those kinds of behaviors will assist them in some way.
Ritualistic practices are widespread.
Instances of the emergence of culture. The total sum of ideas and practices, and symbol that
help us solve everyday problems. ow to get across the river.... canoe, bridge.
Think someone’s looking over us and there’s ritual behaviors that if we follow, we’ll be all
right.
“The weak among us may the the ones who inherit the earth” - Jesus
Try to solve some human problem, some need that exists.
Ritual becomes culture once it’s socially transmitted, becomes widely accepted, is learned, and
goes from one generation to the next.
original steam engine. Used to open a door, only revived during the industrial revolution when
someone realized it could be improved. Became part of culture once it became useful. It’d been
forgotten for 1700 years.
computer: Atanasoff stopped working on it, WWII broke out and military realize it had
tremendous potential as a mechanism to calculate ballistic trajectories. Decoding. In the last 2
years, new comps developed to decode messages. Comp helped to win WWII. It became part of
culture only after a social need for it developed. Had been rotting in basement beforehand.
Most of us are quite unaware of many aspects of the culture in which we live. People tend to
take their own culture for granted as a fish swimming in water. We have trouble understanding
others cultures. Often startled when we confront other cultures. Different ideas, norms, and
techniques seem odd, irrational, and even conclude they’re inferior to our own. When we judge
culture by the standards of our on. Ethnocentricity. Judge centered on our own culture.
Ethnocentrism hinders the sociological understanding of culture.
Cultural relativism: All aspects of all cultures should be given equal respect.
Draw lines, reject cultural practices that deny some universal values. Dignity and freedom and
equality and justice. Should be ner universal values that transcend any culture, ten those
violated, we draw the line.
While some aspects of culture make us freer, others constrain us. Culture provide us with an
opportunity to do as we wish. We create elements of culture in our everyday lives to solve
practical problem, to express our needs & joys. We do so in a way that suits us.
Culture's like any other act of constructions. Raw materials needed: either existed before we
were born or others created them since our birth. Certain limits on what we can think and do.
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Ritualized behaviors because ppl think those kinds of behaviors will assist them in some way. The total sum of ideas and practices, and symbol that help us solve everyday problems. ow to get across the river canoe, bridge. Think someone"s looking over us and there"s ritual behaviors that if we follow, we"ll be all right. The weak among us may the the ones who inherit the earth - jesus. Try to solve some human problem, some need that exists. Ritual becomes culture once it"s socially transmitted, becomes widely accepted, is learned, and goes from one generation to the next. original steam engine. Used to open a door, only revived during the industrial revolution when someone realized it could be improved. Became part of culture once it became useful. It"d been forgotten for 1700 years. computer: atanasoff stopped working on it, wwii broke out and military realize it had tremendous potential as a mechanism to calculate ballistic trajectories.