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SOC 1100
Deanna Behnke- Cook

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.” • “Proud to be humble.” • “Bad weather, punishing taxes, cold beer.” • “One nation . . . divisible.” • “Rights without responsibilities.” • “Patriotic and proud of it . . . shh.” • “Canada: Nobody gives a puck.” • “Canada—from sea to whining sea.” • “Americans on Valium.” • “So little history, so many cultures.” • “Canada: Birthplace of mediocrity.” culture makes our own social environment feel “natural” or “right” “culture shock” is the personal disorientation that comes from encountering an unfamiliar way of life the components of culture Symbols anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by people who share culture (broad concept) language a system of symbols that allows members of a society to communicate with one another (English allows you to communicate with people worldwide because in most places people speak English) allows cultural transmission (pass things down from generation for example) shapes society – we see the world through the cultural lens of language (snow for example. Skiers and snowboarders have different words for different kinds of snow. Words that normal urbanized people would not know. They see snow differently than we do) values and beliefs values = culturally defined standards by which people assess desirability, goodness and beauty beliefs = specif
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