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The generally shared knowledge, beliefs and 
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This is what William Fielding Ogburn 
(June 29, 1886 – April 27, 1959) described as 
“Cultural Lag”
Technology and Production: 
Gerhard Lenski: 
Change from technology and 
economy leading to  
organization of power 
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While transistor count increases according to 
Moore's law, overall performance rises only 
very slowly. According to ...
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According to George Herbert Mead 
(1863-1931), language is a central part of 
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A human community, usually with a relatively fixed 
territorial location, sharing a common culture and 
common activities....
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Semiotics is the study of 
signifiers or signs. Signifiers 
can be speech sounds, other 
sounds, or marks on paper. 
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But signifiers can also be other 
things such as dress, pictures or 
visual signs, modes of eating or 
forms of architectu...
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But I wish to express the notion of how symbols 
can signify a culture’s sense of historical character, or, 
Just the ...
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Culture is the grooves we fall in to as we become 
socialized. The components of our culture 
(norms, mores, beliefs, etc)...
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 People 
 Language 
 Social organization (kinship and network of 
agreements) 
 Ideology (belief systems/world view) 
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 Incest taboo 
 Social Structure 
 Belief in a higher power 
 Food quest 
 Clothing 
 Settlements 
 Fine arts 
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ethnocentric 
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luating other peoples and 
cultures according to the 
standards of one's own 
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Nazi Party (Europe) 
American Nazi Party 
White Supremacy 
Fundamentalism: any Religion 
Capitalism 
Nationalism (with God...
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Cultural Relativism: Truth Is Relative 
Cultural relativism is the view that no culture is 
superior to any other cult...
 Female Genital Mutilation 
 Wife Burning 
 Honor Killing 
 Stoning Women for What They Are Wearing or 
not Wearing 
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human rights? 
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Also called the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis
'Human beings do not live in the objective world 
alone, nor alone in the world of social activity 
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'We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native 
languages. The categories and types that we isolate 
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In an empirical test of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, 
John A. Lucy (1991) compared Maya speakers from 
southern Mexico with...
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The Amish - benign
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AGREE?
Bernardine Dohrn of the Weather Underground – NOT benign 
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/weatherunderground/film.html ...
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Timothy McVeigh – VERY NOT Benign 
Bombed the Oklahoma City Federal building 
In 1995, killing 168, including 19 child...
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    6. 6. The generally shared knowledge, beliefs and values of members of society. Culture is conveyed from generation to generation through the process of socialization. While culture is made up of ideas, some sociologists also argue that it is not exclusively ideational but can be found in human-made material objects. …Culture and social structure are considered as the two key components of society and are therefore the foundation concepts of sociology. (Athabasca University online dictionary) 6
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    9. 9. 9 This is what William Fielding Ogburn (June 29, 1886 – April 27, 1959) described as “Cultural Lag”
    10. 10. Technology and Production: Gerhard Lenski: Change from technology and economy leading to  organization of power stratification systems 10
    11. 11. 11 While transistor count increases according to Moore's law, overall performance rises only very slowly. According to Lanier, this is because human productivity in developing software increases only slightly, and software becomes more bloated and remains as error-prone as it ever was. "Simply put, software just won't allow it. Code can't keep up with processing power now, and it never will."[13] Jaron Lanier "One-Half of a Manifesto" (2000)
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    26. 26. 26 According to George Herbert Mead (1863-1931), language is a central part of the socialization process.
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    36. 36. A human community, usually with a relatively fixed territorial location, sharing a common culture and common activities. There is cultural and institutional interdependence between members of the society and they are, to some extent, differentiated from other communities and groups. Societies are generally identified as existing at the level of nation states, but there can be regional and cultural communities within nation states that possess much of the cultural distinctiveness and relative self-sufficiency of societies. (Athabasca University online dictionary) 36
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    45. 45. Semiotics is the study of signifiers or signs. Signifiers can be speech sounds, other sounds, or marks on paper. Then there is the signified which exists in reality but only needs naming. 45
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    47. 47. But signifiers can also be other things such as dress, pictures or visual signs, modes of eating or forms of architecture. Consider the following contrasts and comparisons: 47
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    52. 52. 52 But I wish to express the notion of how symbols can signify a culture’s sense of historical character, or, Just the opposite: an obsession with the present only.
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    64. 64. Culture is the grooves we fall in to as we become socialized. The components of our culture (norms, mores, beliefs, etc) are specific to our group formation, whether it be bordered geographically or strictly by political borders. 64
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    66. 66.  People  Language  Social organization (kinship and network of agreements)  Ideology (belief systems/world view) 66
    67. 67.  Incest taboo  Social Structure  Belief in a higher power  Food quest  Clothing  Settlements  Fine arts  Social stratification  Kinship  Political behavior  Etc. 67
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    69. 69. ethnocentric |ˌeTHnōˈsentrik|adjectiveeva luating other peoples and cultures according to the standards of one's own culture.DERIVATIVESethno centrically |-(ə)lē| adverb.ethnocentricity |- ˌsenˈtrisitē| noun.ethnocentrism |- ˌtrizəm| noun 69
    70. 70. Nazi Party (Europe) American Nazi Party White Supremacy Fundamentalism: any Religion Capitalism Nationalism (with God on our side) Cultural norm differences: Food, marriage, religion, music, dress, language […] 70
    71. 71. 71 Cultural Relativism: Truth Is Relative Cultural relativism is the view that no culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, law, politics, etc. It's the philosophical notion that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment.
    72. 72.  Female Genital Mutilation  Wife Burning  Honor Killing  Stoning Women for What They Are Wearing or not Wearing  Beheading as a Form of Execution  Censorship of the Press  Imprisonment for Political Expression 72
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    76. 76.  Should there be a universal declaration of human rights?  If yes, then what should be included?  http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ 76
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    81. 81. 'Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication and reflection. The fact of the matter is that the "real world" is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group.' Sapir 1958 [1929], p. 69 81
    82. 82. 'We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native languages. The categories and types that we isolate from the world of phenomena we do not find there because they stare every observer in the face; on the contrary, the world is presented in a kaleidoscopic flux of impressions which has to be organized by our minds - and this means largely by the linguistic systems in our minds. We cut nature up, organize it into concepts, and ascribe significances as we do, largely because we are parties to an agreement that holds throughout our speech community and is codified in the patterns of our language. The agreement is, of course, an implicit and unstated one, but its terms are absolutely obligatory; we cannot talk at all except by subscribing to the organization and classification of data which the agreement decrees.' (Whorf 1940, pp. 213-14) 82
    83. 83. In an empirical test of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, John A. Lucy (1991) compared Maya speakers from southern Mexico with English speakers from the United States. Linguistic analysis showed that English speakers almost always identify a noun as singular or plural (“book” or “books”). Maya speakers often ignore number by using so-called mass nouns (such as “cattle” or “the news” in English). The Mayan language has more terms for the materials out of which objects are made (wood, metal), whereas English has more terms for shape (round, flat). When Lucy compared the performance of subjects from the two groups on a variety of cognitive tests, he found that English speakers more often recalled number and classified objects by shape, whereas Maya speakers rarely mentioned number and grouped objects made from similar substances. From Richard Gelles and Ann Levine Sociology: An Introduction 6/e 1999 83
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    85. 85. 85 The Amish - benign
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    87. 87. Bernardine Dohrn of the Weather Underground – NOT benign http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/weatherunderground/film.html 87
    88. 88. 88 Timothy McVeigh – VERY NOT Benign Bombed the Oklahoma City Federal building In 1995, killing 168, including 19 children and injuring over 600

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