Lecture 6: Cultural Sociology: Part 2
Notes (based on pdf of ppt slides)
September 27 2012
Test: know periods of time: distinguish b/n feudalism and capitalism,
modernity and postmodernity
Culture is something that we learn. No one is born “Jamaican”, “irish”, etc.
People are made into something through culture. It is constantly changing.
o 2. No such thing as a pure culture. Every culture defines itself in
relation to other cultures.
o 3. People use culture to point out differences.
“Eat like the queen is coming to dinner” – there‟s a class basis in it.
There‟s also a nationalist ethnicity involve with this quote: Monarchism
(loyalty to the Queen of England).
Video Clip: Talks about ethnic conflict in Northern Ireland. It‟s one of the most
violent places in the world today.
The whole of Ireland was ruled by British for 700 years. After civil war
against the British, the British finally released control over most of the
Yellow, green - all became part of Ireland.
Purple part – stayed with Britain.
Red – went to Ireland.
Religion and ethnicity and culture tied together the 6 counties of Ulster.
The majority religion was Protestant in this area.
Unionists promote Great Britain (want to always be part of G.B.)
Nationalists want an independent Ireland Gaelic (Irish language) has almost been „wiped out‟ due to the colonization
of Ireland. The best way to colonize a culture is to take away their
In the north, unionists have dominated the political scene. They‟ve
enforced the English lang