SOC 1100 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Cultural Lag, Afrocentrism, High Culture

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The ways of thinking, the ways of acting, and the material objects that together shape a people"s way of life. Nonmaterial culture: the ideas created by members of a society. Material culture: the physical things created by members of a society. Personal disorientation when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life because of: Immigration: visit a new country, move between social environments. State: political entity in a territory with borders. Society: people who interact in a defined territory and share culture: experts document 7000 languages. Anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by people who share a culture. Reality for humans is found in the meaning things carry with them. People must be mindful that meanings vary from culture to culture and even vary within the same groups of people. A system of symbols that allows people to communicate with one another. Cultural transmission: the process by which one generation passes culture to the next.

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