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Culture and Meaning (Summary)

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    Key Terms and Concepts

    Beliefs Native Anthropologists
    Conflict Theory Non-Material Culture
    Cultural Sociology Norms
    Culture Practices
    Enculturation Qualitative Data
    Environmental Theory Quantitative Data
    Ethnographers Sapir-Worf Hypothesis
    Exchange Theory Social Location
    Feminism Sociological Imagination
    Functionalism Symbolic Interactionism
    Macrosociology Symbols
    Material Culture Theoretical paradigms
    Microsociology Values


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