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  • Do Now:What is the difference between Culture and SocietyWrite a response down in your notebook

  • Society and Culture Chapter 2


  • SocietySet of interdependent people that gather to share a common culture and feeling of unity Examples:



  • CultureConsists of all shared products of human groupsExamples



  • List 10 elements that make up the American Culture with a person next to you (no need to move your seat)


  • 5 Components of CultureNon Material

    Symbols Language NormsValuesPhysical objects


  • You will now be assigned to a groupOn the index cards provided, list 10 unique characteristics of the culture stated.Please DO NOT write on the index card! Thanks


  • SymbolsAnything that stands for somethingExample:


  • LanguageA way to communicateExamples

    Spoken wordsSign language

  • NormsRulesExamples

    Do not speedDo not kill another humanFolkways- minor infractionsMores- serious infractions

  • ValuesBeliefsExamples

    Work hardReligionHonesty

  • Physical ObjectsObjects that people createExamples:


  • ProjectUsing any given culture, research a UNIQUE sport specific to that culture(a sport not popular in America). Be sure to include rules, equipment, objective of game and how it is played.You will have time to work on this in class todayYou will present the sport to the class. Please use props to enhance your presentation.


  • Section 2 Cultural VariationThere are many differences among cultures which makes it hard to understand those different form us. If an Australian invites you over for tea and says arrive at 7:00, what time should you arrive and what could you expect to do?

  • Cultural Variation (Australia)

    Arrive no earlier than 8:00 and expect lamb chops, sausage, French fries, a veggie, salad, and dessert.

  • Cultural UniversalsFeatures common to all cultures.George Murdock complied 60 cultural universals.

    *Read page 33-34 in book Arapesh and Mundugmor

  • Dealing with Variation in other societiesDifference are interesting, but often causes problemsEthnocentrism- ones use to their way and do not like to accept ways of doing it.

    Can avoid a new way that may be beneficial.Cultural Relativism- judge things by their own standards not using your own bias.

  • Variation among SocietiesSubcultures- cultures that exists with in a culture but follow the norms and values of the larger culture

    Example: Puerto Rican, Catholic, teachers, Counter culture- Exists with the larger culture but goes against the norms and values.

    Examples Hippies, KKK, Youth movement of the 60s