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Culture and Society

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will define, discuss, and explain culture by distinguishing between material and non-material culture including the role of technology, society, culture shock.

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Terms to Know

Learned sets of behaviors and ideas that are acquired by members of a society.

Culture Shock

Feeling confused, threatened, disoriented, or even angered by contact with an unfamiliar culture.

Material Culture

The physical "artifacts" of our culture like our buildings, highways, food production systems, household objects, and technologies.

Non-Material Culture

The elements of culture that are intangible; i.e. ideas, languages, customs, and beliefs.


A group of people who live in a delineated space such as a nation and share common symbols, language, and culture.


Any useful tool or skill. Technology is more than just "high tech" computers and electronics, which are things that we commonly think of today when we hear the term. A simple hammer and nail was at one point a revolutionary technology. Looking at technology as any useful tool or skill introduces a historical component to the concept.