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Culture-Related Concepts - Chapter Summary
This short chapter is designed to boost your confidence as you study culture-related concepts. Ensure you have a quality grasp of topics like ethnocentricity, cultural variation and cultural relativism by reviewing engaging video lessons. In no time, you will be able to do the following:
- List and describe various levels of culture
- Define and provide examples of ethnocentricity
- Discuss the concept of cultural relativism in sociology
- Differentiate between cultural relativism and cultural evolution
- Describe cultural traits that include universalities and generalities
- Explain the meaning of cultural universals in sociology
The video lessons in this chapter enable you to study culture-related concepts with help from fun visual effects. You can also access the lessons as written transcripts that you can read online or print and add to your study materials. Before, during or after exploring the lessons, feel free to test your knowledge of their contents by taking short quizzes. Any questions you have about topics covered in the lessons can be submitted to our experts.
1. Levels of Culture: National, International & Subcultural
This lesson will focus on the different levels, or layers, of culture. In doing so, it will define culture. It will also explain the layers of international culture, national culture, and subculture.
2. Ethnocentricity: Definition & Examples
Ethnocentricity is the belief that your own cultural or ethnic group is superior to that of another. Learn more about ethnocentricity from examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Cultural Relativism in Sociology: Definition, Argument & Examples
In Bolivia, 14-year-old girls can legally get married. In China, men have to wait until they're 22. Why is there such a variance in what's acceptable and what's not? Cultural relativism explains why one society shouldn't try to impose its own beliefs onto another.
4. Comparing Cultural Evolution & Cultural Relativism
There are many theories that try to explain cultural development and change. In this lesson, you will explore two of them, cultural evolution and cultural relativism, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. Cultural Variation: Universalities, Generalities & Particularities
This lesson will seek to explain cultural traits which are considered universals, generalities, and particularities. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of culture and how it plays out around the globe.
6. Cultural Universals in Sociology: Definition & Examples
Learn how different actions and choices between two cultures can actually be accomplishing a similar goal under the surface. Learn about the universal constants that have guided human behavior and culture throughout history in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the UExcel Cultural Diversity: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Introduction to Culture
- Social Construction & Power
- Categories of Social Difference
- Ideologies of Social Difference
- Stratification of Difference in Society
- Direct & Indirect Discrimination
- Theories of Prejudice
- Relations in the Multicultural Society
- Native Americans in the U.S.
- African Americans in the U.S.
- Latin Americans in the U.S.
- Asian, Jewish & Middle Eastern Americans
- Collective Responses to Dominance & Inequality
- Inequality & Key Social Movements
- Dominance & Legislative Processes
- UExcel Cultural Diversity Flashcards