Ch 6: Nature of Culture & Language

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This chapter offers an overview of sociological concepts pertaining to the nature of culture and language. You can work through these engaging lessons and quizzes whenever you need to study these topics for professional development purposes or an upcoming exam.

Nature of Culture & Language - Chapter Summary

Work through his chapter at your own pace to study the nature of language and culture. Inside, you'll find a series of lessons that define culture and discuss several sociological concepts, including, cultural universals, assimilation, socialization and cultural relativism. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the definitive elements of culture
  • Explain how language affects meaning and reflects culture
  • Define the concepts of cultural relativism and cultural universals in sociology
  • Differentiate between assimilation and acculturation
  • Understand how education is affected by culture, culture shock and socialization

When you're finished with a lesson, you can reinforce your understanding of the information by taking the accompanying self-assessment quiz. The chapter also includes printable transcripts, a multiple-choice exam and a useful Ask the Expert feature. The chapter is available 24/7, so it's a good idea to study these culture and language concepts whenever you have free time.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: Nature of Culture & Language
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Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

1. Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

Culture combines many elements to create a unique way of living for different people. In this lesson, we identify four of the elements that exist in every culture, albeit in different forms: symbols, language, values, and norms. We also differentiate between folkways and mores.

How Language Reflects Culture & Affects Meaning

2. How Language Reflects Culture & Affects Meaning

Culture affects language, giving rise to words, influencing their use, and providing context. Language, in turn, supports culture, promoting social bonds and allowing for shared information. In this lesson, we explore the relationship between language and culture.

Cultural Relativism in Sociology: Definition, Argument & Examples

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.

Cultural Universals in Sociology: Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Acculturation vs. Assimilation: Definition & Examples

5. Acculturation vs. Assimilation: Definition & Examples

Assimilation and acculturation are both used to describe what happens when two cultures come in contact for extended periods of time. This lesson explains the difference with between these closely related terms and also gives examples.

The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

6. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.

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