Sociology fo Funeral Service test 1

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Psychology

Revolves around the "individual"

Sociology

Revolves around the "group"

Culture

-Abstract patterns of/and for how to live and die
-Can be learned directly or indirectly

Direct Learning

From parents and formal education

Indirect Learning

Comes for our cultural environments by observing them.

A major carrier of culture

Language

Customs

A social behavior as dictated by the traditions of the people of that culture.

Taboos

-A must-behavior
-Individual MUST ABSTAIN from certain acts.

Mores

-Morly binding must-behavior
-If violated one will get a strong reaction from society.

Laws

-Must-behaviors enforced by those governing

Folkways

-Behaviors constructed of somewhat less construed as somewhat less compulsive than mores of the same society.

Ethnocentrism

Thinking that ones culture is better than al;l others.

cultural realism

Emotional idea that all cultures are equal.

Funeral rite

-All inclusive term that encompasses funeral and/or memorial service.
-A cultural universal

Funeral

Body is present

Memorial

No body [ashes don't count as a body]

Ceremony

-Action dealing with death
-May or May Not be symbolically charged

Symbols

Things to which a socially created meaning is given.

Cultural universal responses to death

-Announcement of death
-Care for the dead
-Method of disposition
-Finding was to memorialize the dead
-Some type of ceremony or ritual

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