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Culture definitions


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCA01H3
Professor
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

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Sociology Terms- September 21, 2010
Feral children
that is, human children raised by non-human animals) in mythology and fiction are often
depicted as having superior strength, intelligence and morals to "normal" humans, the
implication being that because of their upbringing they represent humanity in a pure and
uncorrupted state.
Urbane
Having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major
cities
Literati
Persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals
Intelligentsia
Intellectuals considered as a group or class, esp. as a cultural, social, or political elite.
Idiosyncratic
A characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.
Socialization
a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the
norms, values, behaviour, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.
Inuit
A group of aboriginal people
Ethnocentrism
The belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.
Proscribed
To denounce or condemn (a thing) as dangerous or harmful; prohibit
Tabula rasa
A mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
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