Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

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Which of the following is an example of material culture?

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1. What did theorist Ogburn refer to as cultural lag?

2. Can ethnocentrism be a barrier to understanding artifacts from other cultures? Why or why not?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will clarify what you understand about the concept of material culture. Some vocabulary terms you'll be assessed on include ethnocentrism and cultural lag.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use these resources to review:

  • Examples of material culture
  • William Ogburn's theory of cultural lag
  • The study of material culture

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related culture lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms and phrases, such as cultural lag and ethnocentrism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of material culture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of material culture to answer a question about symbolic meaning

Additional Learning

Interested in learning further about material culture? The lesson, Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples, provides an overview of the concept. It also covers:

  • Nonmaterial culture
  • The study of material culture
  • Cultural relativism
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