American Culture: GrossnickleDevin

Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Karl Marx was a Sociologist of the Conflict theory. This is where they focus on the forces in society that promote competition and change. A real life example of this would be that we have sports in society that push competition and change in society.

Max Weber was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist whose ideas influenced social theory, social research, and the entire discipline of sociology. Max supported the Interactionist Perspective, which focuses on how individuals interact with one another in society. A real life example would be how kids at school interact with each other and individuals and to come together to create a student body.

Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Spencer supported the Functionalist Perspective. This is where they view society as a set of interrelating parts that work together to produce a stable social system. A real life example is that we work in society to gain what need from society to live. We need the money from the work to buy our needs, and sometimes our wants.

This is a video that describes American Culture and Society, and compares our culture and society to other countries. This video gives great descriptions about American Culture and Society, and also talks about other cultures throughly as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi8Lg9od_bE

Conflict Perspective- focus on those who forces in society that promote competition and change. In this picture are two elite basketball players, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. This is an example of conflict, because these two players always are competing against each other to become the best NBA player in the League.

Interactionist Perspective- focus how people interact with one another in society. This picture is an example of Interactionist Perspective, because these two kids are working with each other on homework. This shows how kids interact in culture when we are at school doing homework, or working on group projects.

American kids by Kenny  Chesney is one example of a connection of popular culture. This is one the most popular country songs right now, and one of the songs in the top 50 tracks in the United States. I hear this song played a lot on the radio, as it describes what life was like as teenagers and young adults.

Symbols are anything that stand for something. For example, emojis! Emoji's can help describe how you are feeling when you are using social media, snap chatting, or texting. If you happy, you use a smiley face, when you are sad, you can use the crying face. The list goes on and on. Hopefully when you watch this video, you will get a laugh out of it! :)

English is our American Language that we use. Not to say that other languages aren't used in the United States, but English is our primary language. Language is defined as organization of written/spoken symbols into a standard system. Don't mind the picture..just a little more humor!

Leadership is a value to me. Leadership is defined as the action of  leading a group of people or an organization. I feel like leadership is a very important, and without leaders, our nation would be a mess. Values are shared beliefs about what is good and what is bad.

This is the USGA Rules of Golf book. This is my example for a Norms. As a golfer, these are the rules we have to know, and have to follow to know what we have to do in certain situations. Norms are shared rules of conduct that tell people how to act in certain ways.

Doing your homework is an example of a Folkways. This is a funny meme of Barack Obama in the Uncle Sam poster. We all know that doing your homework is what is expected of us when we go to school. Folkways are norms that do not have great moral significance attached to them.

This is a picture of Joseph Kony and he is a perfect example of mores. He has committed many serious crimes. Mores are norms that have great moral significance attached to them. For example he committed murder, rape, genocide, and etc.

Schools are example of Material Culture. Material culture refers to the physical objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture. These include homes, neighborhoods, cities, schools, and etc.  This picture is of the Laurens-Marathon Community school.

Non‐material culture refers to the nonphysical ideas that people have about their culture, including beliefs, values, rules, norms, morals, language, organizations, and institutions. For instance, the non‐material cultural concept of religion consists of a set of ideas and beliefs about God, worship, morals, and ethics.

In America, sports are a huge culture trait. We have sports on TV all of the time, and a lot of people like tho watch them. Sports promote competition, and people love to watch athletes compete. This is considered a cultural trait, because in our culture, almost every single person or family watches some kind of sport. A culture trait is a learned system of beliefs, values, traditions, symbols and meanings that are passed from one generation to another within a specific community of people.

My example for a culture pattern is beef. In America, we eat a lot of meat from a cow. We have hamburgers, streaks, and many more kinds delectable meats. Beef is huge in America, as most fast food restaurants offer hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and other types of burgers. A culture pattern refers to a group of interrelated culture traits which show some continuity. Culture patterns normally become the trademark of that particular group of people or society.

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