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SOC 222: Cultural Norms and Values
Transcript of SOC 222: Cultural Norms and Values
Marx: capitalist society has
dominant ideology that serves interests of ruling class
In United States, not easy to
identify singular “core culture”
of what is good,
desirable, and proper...
or bad, undesirable,
Viewing people’s behavior from the perspective of their own culture
Requires serious and unbiased effort to evaluate norms, values, and customs in light of their distinctive culture
Established standards of behavior
maintained by a society
Norms governing everyday behavior
Norms deemed highly necessary
to the welfare of a society
Formal Norm (Laws)
Norm that generally has been written down and
that specifies strict punishments for violators
Generally understood norm
but not precisely recorded
Values and Norms
Tendency to assume that
one’s own culture and way of life represent the norm or are
superior to all others
Ethnocentric value judgments serve to devalue groups and to deny equal opportunities
Penalty or reward for
a social norm
pay raises, medals,
words of gratitude
stares of contempt