Ch 29: Culture & Cultural Change

About This Chapter

Boost your understanding of culture and cultural change with short lessons on social stratification, acculturation processes, and more. If you are preparing for an exam or class discussion, the quizzes and chapter exam can help boost your confidence by testing your knowledge of these topics in advance.

Culture & Cultural Change - Chapter Summary

In these lessons on culture and cultural change, you can review the different stages of adapting to a new culture. You can also gain a clearer understanding of cultural subsets and norms. By the end of the chapter, you should be positioned to:

  • Distinguish between culture, nation, and society
  • Discuss multiculturalism in the United States
  • Give details about the impact of culture on diversity
  • Recall theories surrounding social stratification
  • Provide examples of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Discuss the change mechanisms of invention and innovation
  • Give an example of acculturation
  • Discuss possible effects of cultural assimilation

The easy-to-follow teaching style used by our experienced educators can help increase your knowledge of culture and cultural change. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your understanding of topics covered. Each video lesson includes a full written transcript that you can print and use as an offline study tool.

10 Lessons in Chapter 29: Culture & Cultural Change
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What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

1. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.

Cultural Subsets: High Culture, Popular Culture, Subculture, Counterculture & Multiculturalism

2. Cultural Subsets: High Culture, Popular Culture, Subculture, Counterculture & Multiculturalism

In this lesson, we identify several categories of cultures that can exist within a large culture. We define and discuss subcultures, high culture versus popular culture, and countercultures. We also discuss the view of multiculturalism in the U.S.

Cultural Norms: Definition & Values

3. Cultural Norms: Definition & Values

Cultural norms are what keep people moving in a similar direction. This lesson explains the relationship between cultural norms and values. We'll also look at an experiment that tells us about our willingness to conform.

How Culture Impacts Diversity in Society

4. How Culture Impacts Diversity in Society

Diversity in society exists on many different levels and can have a profound effect on human psychology. This lesson discusses the impact of culture, on diversity in society in a variety of ways.

Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples

5. Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples

Social stratification refers to a system by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy. Let's examine some of the theories surrounding this concept.

Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

6. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

Mechanisms of Cultural Change: Invention, Diffusion & Innovation

7. Mechanisms of Cultural Change: Invention, Diffusion & Innovation

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of cultural change. In doing so, it will highlight the change mechanisms of invention and innovation. It will also explain the different types of diffusion.

Cultural Adaptation: Definition, Theory, Stages & Examples

8. Cultural Adaptation: Definition, Theory, Stages & Examples

What happens when you move from one culture to another? In this lesson, we will discuss the different stages of adapting to a new culture, also known as the theory of cultural adaptation.

Acculturation Processes: Substitution, Syncretism, Addition, Deculturation & Origination

9. Acculturation Processes: Substitution, Syncretism, Addition, Deculturation & Origination

This lesson will highlight processes of acculturation that create a diverse, complex society. As part of the discussion, we'll consider how the fast-food fish filet sandwich came to popularity due to forces of acculturation.

Cultural Assimilation & Extinction: Definition & Examples

10. Cultural Assimilation & Extinction: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about the interactions between different cultures, and how those interactions can potentially lead to two different ways in which one culture is replaced by another.

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