SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Emotional Labor, Clitoridectomy, Social Constructionism

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15 Nov 2012
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Human culture begins at the start of rituals and shit that calm people"s anxiety that somehow fulfills a human need. Culture, then, guides us on how to act. Culture becomes shared, and can be transferred through generations if it is socially transmitted. Culture is the sum of social transmitted ideas, practices, and material objects that people create to overcome real-life problems. Culture gives us guidelines for how to act. A society exists when people interact and share culture, generally in a geographically delimited area. I. e. steam engine (hero in alexandria, then. England), computer (revived in the second world war for trajectories, etc) We participate in our culture without being too reflective of it. Ethnocentrism involves judging another culture exclusively by the standards of our own. Cultural relativism is the belief that all elements of all cultures should be respected as equally valid. We should respect cultural traditions, but to a certain extent (i. e. clitorectomy)

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