The Building Blocks Of Society Essay

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One of the first questions that is asked, from sociological perspective is “What are we looking at in society. What are the building blocks?” Values are described as a shared or collective goal that you don’t usually see unless you ask. Values are used as motivators, purpose and rewards and sometimes the reason we get out of bed in the morning. The building blocks of society are the challenges, values, norms, groups and roles. When there is an awareness of these building blocks a societal group is formed. Our status rank is the position we find ourselves within the group (for example the student vs. the professor). Norms and values are organized through structure (the social order or organization) of the group. When approaching values from a cultural perspective, culture is defined as a cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, roles and religion that is acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving. Culture is the totality of a person’s learned and accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or in other words, behavior that is acquired through social learning. A culture is a way of life for a group of people, passed along by communication from one generation to the next. Finally culture can be defined as the collective programming that distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another. Taken one step further, multiculturalism is the view…

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