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the learned and shared behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, values, and material objects that characterize a particular group or society
a group of people that has lived and worked together long enough to become an organized population and to think of themselves as a social unit
Characteristics of culture
Transmitted from one generation to the next
Adaptive and always changing
Culture and Society
consists of the tangible objects that members of a society
includes the shared set of meanings that people use to interpret and understand the world.
What are the material and nonmaterial cultures of …?
- Eating in a restaurant
anything that stands for something else and has a particular meaning for people who share a culture
Forms of symbols
- Visual images
- Physical objects
Distinguish one culture from another
Unify or divide a society
Change over time
is a system of shared symbols that enables people to communicate with one another.