Re-Action Paper

1153 WordsApr 4, 20125 Pages
Reaction Paper I chose to do my reaction paper on the different cultures of China, a non-Western society. In chapter 4 we read all about culture, what it is, how it is studied, the different components and many more. I also researched different articles on the internet to learn more about the specific Chinese culture. I learned all kinds of things while researching online from their etiquette, customs, and protocols. There are many different words and definitions we were asked to read, learn while researching different cultures. The first would be of course, culture. Culture is the entire way of life of a group of people (including both material and symbolic elements) that acts as a lens through which one views the world and is passed from one generation to the next. Material culture, the objects associated with a cultural group, such as tools, machines, utensils, buildings, and artwork: any physical object while we give social meaning. Nonmaterial culture, a component of culture that consists of the abstract or intangible human creations of society (such as attitudes, beliefs, and values) that influence people’s behavior. Beliefs, a proposition or idea held on the basis of faith. Values, ideas about what is desirable or contemptible and right or wrong in a particular group. Values articulate the essence of everything that a cultural group cherishes and honors. Language, a system of communication using vocal sounds for verbal language and gestures or written symbols for nonverbal language. Norms, rules of guidelines regarding what kinds of behavior are acceptable and appropriate within a culture. Folkway, a loosely enforced norm involving common customs, practices, or procedures that ensure smooth social interaction and acceptance. More, a norm that carries great moral significance is closely related to the core values of a cultural group, and often involved

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