A Sociological Vision Of The Word Culture

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“Our view of the world is dramatically influenced by the society in which we were raised.” In a sociological vision the word culture isn’t just the was mannerisms its also the objects and ideas with in the society. What you do and use to do so is what ‘label’ you to which group, society, you belong to. Those actions are your culture. As defined by book, culture is the totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior. It includes the ideas, values, and artifacts of group of people. At times people within these societies have difficulty understanding the norms of other societies. In this case these people are ethnocentric. Ethnocentrism is the tendency to assume that one’s own culture and way of life or the better of all. This term was ‘coined’ the term for these people by William Graham Sumner in 1906. Ethnocentric people are different from those who are able to view other societies, and cultures as something normal for them. The way people view different societies from the perspective of their own is called cultural relativism; it is what allows us to understand other cultures before ‘labeling them as abnormal. It stresses the differences between the norms and values of the society.
The norms I continue to refer to are the establish standards of behavior maintained by society. It is widely shared among those in a society or culture. These norms are part of the elements that create a culture. If you were to break down…
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