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The Building Blocks of Society

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Jacob Merrill

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The Building Blocks of Society
(7 Elements of Culture)
By: Jacob Merrill and Alec Braatz

Language
This is one of the most important aspects of the seven elements of culture. It reflects on the cultures identity.

It helps people understand the ways of each culture. Now days many cultures are being taught languages from other cultures to understand those cultures more in depth.
Forms of Government
The forms of goverment help people with their common needs.
Types of governement used today:
Democracy: People have the supreme power. Government can only act provided the peoples consent
Republican: The people choose leaders to represent them
Dictatorship: A ruler or group that holds power by force

In today, we as Americans only see democracy and republic. We elect presidents who help make these decisions and try as hard as we can to get the majority of people on board with how we run the country
Customs and Traditions
Rules of behavior that are taught and govern how people act. Ideas of of right and wrong are taught to children.

Customs and traditions of America nowdays are mostly held with family. It's normal to have family reunions. Family gets together for weddings. Family attends funerals together. This is all taught when you are young and has stuck on for centeries.
Social Organization
This element of culture allows people to work together to meet their basic needs

Family: The most important role in social organization

Social Class: This may be determined based on money, occupation, ancestry and eduction. In almost all societies, you are capable to move up on the ladder of social class

Examples: Some exaples of this are if you are born into a poor family but get a good education and start a business or something of that sense, you have climbed the ladder of social class not only for yourself, but also for your family.
Arts and Literature
This is the product of the human imagination. Art, music and literature not only entertain people but also teaches them. This includes folk tales and other stories that are taught to the children to teach them more about their culture and where they came from.

In today's society this is a huge factor. Music brings people together increadibly fast. Art is created to see who is more creative minded than others. The stories told by our ancesters help us learn about where we came from as a society and family and also let's us learn from our mistakes to make a better future.
Economic Systems
How people use there resources to satisfy their basic wants and needs.
Types of economy we use today:
Traditional Economy: Barter economy. People are able to produce most of what they need to live off of. People are then able to trade what they don't need with something they do.
Market economy: Supply and demand of a certain item determines the price and amount produced. People are more than welcome to use their resources to meet their needs and wants.
Command Economy: The government is in all control of what and how much of it is produced (otherwise known as communism)
Mixed Economy: Individuals and government are the ones making economic decisions. This is a mix of market and command economy.
Religion
Helps people answer the basic questions about the main purposes and meanings of life itself. The major religions now days are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Muslim.
Monotheism: The belief in one god
Polynesian: The belief in more than one god
Atheism: No belief in any higher power

Now days people are more free to believe in what they want to believe in but there still are the radicals who push there family to believe in something even if they don't what to. People do have a lot more freedom to day than they did a hundred years ago or ever a couple hundred years ago.
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