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the body of customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits that together constitute a group of people's distinct tradition

Material culture

The art, housing, clothing, sports, dances, food, and other similar items constructed or created by a group of people

Nonmaterial culture

Human creations, such as values, norms, knowledge, systems of government, language, and so on, that are not embodied in physical objects


the combination of object and rules


anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by people who share a culture


our spoken, written, or signed words and the ways we combine them to communicate meaning.


shared beliefs used to decide what is good or bad, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable


Expectations for the way group members will behave while in the group. i.e. "The Rules"


Informal norms or everyday customs that may be violated without serious consequences within a particular culture


Accepted rules of behavior. Violation leads to serious consequences.


Norms that are enacted as formal rules by a political body and enforced by the power of the state. Written Rule.

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