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The Sociology of Culture

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Erin Stephens

on 10 September 2014

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The Sociology of Culture
Small Group Discussion
1. How does Becker define culture? How does his example of jazz musicians reflect that definition?

2. In what ways does his definition challenge traditional, or your own, definitions of culture?

3. Where does culture come from?

4. What is the 'cultural process'?

5. What does culture enable? What are its consequences?
The Study of Culture in Sociology
A system of shared understandings that enables people to act collectively:

Norms & Values
Scripts & Schema
Language & Symbols
Material culture
Ideology & Discourses
Culture, Power & Conflict

High Culture/Cultural Capital

Cultural Conformity vs. Subcultures

Ethnocentrism vs. Cultural Relativism

Stereotypes vs. Cultural Appropriation

Counter-Culture vs. Cultural Consumption

use textual evidence to support your answers
one way to think about culture is as the
that holds social action and social structure together
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