Aspects Of Culture

Aspects Of Culture
Ethnocentricism
Each society placing its culture pattern at the center of things
Functions of Ethnocentrism
Encourage the solidarity of the group
Hinders the understanding of the group
Conflict often leads to social change
Cultural Relativism
Idea that all norms, beliefs, and values are
dependent on their culture
Characteristics of Culture
social because it is the product of
behavior
varies from society to society
shared
learned
transmitted among members of
society
continuous and cumulative
Functions of Culture
defines situation
defines myth, legends, and
supernatural
provides behavior pattern
defines attitudes, values, and goals
Culture
Explicit Culture
Similarities in words and action: directly observed
Implicit Culture
Exist in abstract form: not quite
obvious
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