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That the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease and mans only hope is to avert these characteristics through use of influences of ritual and ceremony.
Anthropologist Horace Miner's description of the body ritual among the Nacirema is used to show
The totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior is known as
According to George Murdock, general customs and practices that are found in every culture are called
The tendency to assume that one's own culture and way of life represent the norm or are superior to all others is called
A member of a new fundamentalist church believes that she has found the one true way to achieve salvation and members of other religions are pagans and will go directly to hell when they die. This individual is
Ethnocentrism is the tendency to assume that one's own culture and way of life represent the norm or are superior to all others. Therefore, ethnocentrism fosters cohesion in a group. This observation would best reflect which sociological perspective?
A U.S. sociologist receives a grant to study racial and religious prejudice among the people of Southeast Asia. The sociologist makes a serious and unbiased effort to evaluate the norms, values, and customs of these groups in light of the distinctive cultures of which they are a part. This is an example of
The concept, cultural relativism, employs the kind of ________in scientific study that Max Weber saw as being so important.
how biology affects human social behavior and stresses the universal aspects of culture
somebody that studies Altruistic acts that ensure the survival of the next generation
Something that results with existing cultural items are combined into a form that did not exist before
According to the discussion in Chapter Three, cultural phenomena such as communism, the Episcopal religion, and the microwave oven are examples of
its associated with the melding of cultures, through which we see more and more similarities in cultural expression.
English-speaking people in the U.S. commonly use words whose origins are from various African, Asian, and non-English-speaking European cultures. This is an example of
Given that cultural diffusion could upset the stability of a society, which theoretical perspective is likely to argue that most cultures resist new cultural components that do not fit comfortably into their social system?
the process by which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world.
Cultural information about how to use the material resources of the environment to satisfy human needs and desires.
A basketball arena, an airliner, a slice of pizza, and a television set would all be considered examples of ________ culture
William F. Ogburn
Which researcher made the distinction between the elements of material and nonmaterial culture?
the period of maladjustment when the nonmaterial culture is still struggling to adapt to new material conditions.
Culture lag occurs because people are more likely to change their (material)/(nonmaterial) culture.
a segment of society that shares a distinctive pattern of mores, folkways, and values that differs from the pattern of the larger society.
In the U.S., professional gamblers, Armenian Americans, teenagers, and nudists are all examples of
The use of the terms "g-man," "honey boat," and "airmail" by sanitation workers in New York is an example of an
According to the ______ perspective suggests that language and symbols offer a powerful way for a subculture to feel cohesive and maintain its identity.
An argot is a specialized language used by members of a subculture. Doctors and nurses, for example, have developed a language system that is not easily understood by patients, but enables medical professionals to communicate more easily, rapidly, and precisely with one another. Which sociological perspective is likely to emphasize the value of this specialized medical language?
Which sociological perspective argues that subcultures often emerge because the dominant society has unsuccessfully attempted to suppress a practice regarded as improper, such as the use of illegal drugs?
subcultural and countercultural
Armed militia groups, such as the one that was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, are an example of a
The feeling of surprise that is experienced when people witness cultural practices different from their own is known as
A man goes to a urologist who has been recommended by his family physician. When the urologist greets him in the examining room, the man discovers that the urologist is a female, and he is startled that a woman will examine him. He is experiencing
A member of a rural Indian tribe in Central America who is suddenly taken to a large city, such as Mexico City, will probably experience
Since Europeans first came to Brazil, Brazil's indigenous population has (declined)/(increased) in number.
ben hemmed in on the reservations the government confined to them
One implication of land development for Brazil's indigenous people is that their ability to fish and hunt has
Struggling to remain
One implication of land development for Brazil's indigenous people is that their culture is
Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf formulated a hypothesis concerning the role of ______in shaping cultures.
In some parts of the U.S., horse breeding and/or racing is commonplace. People involved in these activities have developed different words to distinguish between breeds, sizes, and sexes of horses, and these words are unfamiliar to people outside the "horse world." This is an example of
In the study of language, which sociological perspective suggests that gender-related language reflects the traditional acceptance of men and women into certain occupations?
Which sociological perspective would be most likely to suggest that nonverbal communication, such as the frequency of individuals touching each other during a conversation, varies from one culture to another?
norms deemed highly necessary to the welfare of a society, often because they embody the most cherished principles of a people.
Norms governing everyday behavior, the violation of which raises comparatively little concern, are known as
Within the traditional Buddhist areas of Southeast Asia, in the sleeping cars of trains, women do not sleep in the upper berths above men, hospitals that house men on the first floor do not place women patients on the second floor, and on clotheslines, women's attire is hung lower than that of men. These are examples of
It is weakly enforced, it conflicts with another, there's an exception, or they're subject to change
Norms are often violated when
sociological perspective would maintain that the laws of a society are created by the groups in power and help those groups maintain their superior status?
formal positive sanction
A Girl Scout works hard on a difficult project, and when she has completed her work, she is given a badge that she can wear on her uniform. This is an example of
negative formal sanction
A worker is frequently late, takes extended "coffee breaks," and makes numerous mistakes while working on important tasks. As a result of poor performance, the worker is fired. This is an example of
Collective conceptions of what is considered good, desirable, and proper, as well bad, undesirable, and improper, are known as
Equal opportunity, achievement and success, practicality and efficiency, activity and work
Robin Williams created a list of basic values to help define the national character of people living in the USA. List four of these basic values:
being very well-off financially
In surveys of first-year college students over the last 40 years, which value was shown to be the strongest gain in popularity?
developing a meaningful philosophy of life
In surveys of first-year college students, which value was shown to have the most decline over the past 40 years?
refers to the polarization of society over controversial cultural elements such as abortion, religious expression, gun control, or sexual orientation.
Psychologist Shalom Schwartz researched values in more than 60 countries and found which values to be the most widely shared?
set of cultural beliefs and practices that helps to maintain powerful social, economic, and political interests
Which sociological perspective would argue that the most powerful groups and institutions control wealth, property, and the means of producing beliefs about reality through religion, education, and the media?
In which country did Wal-Mart have to pull out in 2006 due in part to the company's failure to adjust to the national culture?
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