SOC100H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Relativism, High Culture, Cultural Relativism

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Culture is the combinations of symbols (practices, languages, symbols, beliefs, values and material objects) that people create to deal with real- life problems. Culture is made up of ideas, behaviors and material objects. Shared, learned (passed down from gen to the next gen or through socialization) symbolic and is taken for granted: what is culture, components of culture, abstraction. Ex: symbols language and signifiers, language. Sapir whorf thesis: we interact, develop concepts and then make a language out of these interpretations and experiences. A division of postmodernism: cooperation (creating of norms an values) A complex social component that requires norms or generally acceptance way"s of doing things. Ex: cooperation is need in any type of relationship, in order for it to succeed, a norm or generally accepted value is trust: types of norms. Folkway least imp"t with least punishment. Mores most believe are essential to a functioning society. Taboos forbidden, causes revulsion: production (human capability to create material culture)

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