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Culture: Values, Norms & Material Objects -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Flynn, Simone Isadora;

2009 / EBSCO


The sociological study of culture focuses on values, norms, material objects, language, and cultural change. These cultural components, while not an exhaustive list, comprise the bulk of cultural activities and practices of interest to cultural sociologists. This article defines the main components of culture, provides examples, and explains the role these components plays in constructing a culture. This article explores the sociology of culture in three parts: An overview of values, norms; material objects, language, and cultural change; a description of the growth of cultural relativistic thought in cultural sociology, and; a discussion of the issues related to cultural sociology's relationships with the fields of cultural studies and traditional sociology.