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2: Culture as a Social Construct
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- illustrate how culture is constructed and received
- describe the influence of context on cultural creation and acceptance
- explain the significance of collective culture on group solidarity and cohesion
- discuss and assess the impact of cultural change on the social structure
- 2.1: Social Production of Culture
- At the end of the module, students will be able to illustrate how culture is constructed and received. This chapter describes the influence of context on cultural creation and acceptance, further explaining the significance of collective culture on group solidarity and cohesion Overall, it discusses and assess the impact of cultural change on the social structure.
- 2.2: Collective Culture
- Among humans, there are universal cultural patterns or elements across groups and societies. Cultural universals are common to all humans throughout the globe. Some cultural universals include cooking, dancing, ethics, greetings, personal names, and taboos to name a few.
- 2.3: Group and Organizational Culture
- The term group refers to any collection of at least two people who interact frequently and share identity traits aligned with the group (Griffiths et al. 2015). Groups play different roles in our lives. An organization refers to a group of people with a collective goal or purpose linked to bureaucratic tendencies including a hierarchy of authority, clear division of labor, explicit rules, and impersonal. Organizations function within existing cultures and produce their own.
- 2.4: Levels of Culture
- There are three recognized levels of culture in society. Each level of culture signifies particular cultural traits and patterns within groups.
- 2.S: Culture as a Social Construct (Summary)