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SOC 1100 Chapter Notes -National Post, Distinct Society, Canadian Identity


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 1100
Professor
Deanna Behnke- Cook

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SOCIOLOGY SEP 23 2010
CULTURE
THE GLUE THAT BINDS
Culture is the glue that hold everybody together.
What is culture?
the values, beliefs, behaviours, and material objects that
constitute a people’s way of life”
in other words, everything that humans produce with their hands or their
minds (not just the opera)
a bridge to the past, a guide to the future
the basis of society’s survival or continuity. (ensures continuation over
generations)
nonmaterial culture
the intangible world of ideas created by members of society (language,
symbols, theory, religion, science) (can’t touch them)(prime
minister->we made it up. Same with government etc.)
material culture
the tangible things created by members of a society (wheels, clothing, cars,
the CN Tower, pencils)(touchable)
the paste in the papier-mâché
glue that supports the structure of society, holding the pieces together
the basis of social or societal solidarity
culture:
• separates human beings from primates
• is the basis or tool kit of intelligence
• distinguishes between societies
• allows for the development of personal identity
• makes social interaction possible
• makes society possible
• is the basis of our “Canadian” identity
• makes Quebec a distinct society within Canada
Canada in Six Words or Less (National Post contest)
• “Medicare, we’re dying to keep it.”
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