Sociology Definitions- Ethnicity, Gender and Culture

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What is a social process?

It is the pattern of growth and change in a society over the years.

What is a social group?

It is when people are sharing social relation and interests with in their social groups


What do we mean by culture?

The whole way of life of a group of people passed from one generation to the next.

How does culture influence our norms?

Culture guides and influences how a person evaluates what is acceptable and what is unacceptable. For instance, if the cultural norm permits or encourages certain behaviours, these behaviours become socially, professional, and ethically acceptable to a person who has been nurtured in that particular culture.

How does culture influence our values?

People’s beliefs are very strongly influenced by their culture and family. But this does not mean that they are not responsible for them.

Our culture and upbringing give us a context in which to view and interact with the world. While we are young we may not have much say in it and tend to take on board the belief of our family and culture without much questioning. But growing up is about questioning all these things and working out for ourselves what parts of our upbringing we want to accept and what we want to reject. This is why society and culture change over time.

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In our big world every minute is a lesson looks at intercultural communication and examines how it can affect interactions between people from countries and backgrounds. I think languages and beliefs are always influenced by culture naturally because in any society, culture plays lead role to determine the language and the beliefs of the society.

Is culture static or does it continually change?

Culture is not static - it is constantly changing and responding to shifting environments and circumstances. Within each culture there are many subcultures, which means that many beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours are not shared ...

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