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Material vs Nonmaterial

  • Date Submitted: 03/12/2013 03:18 PM
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Material and Nonmaterial Culture
There is a clear difference between material and non-material culture. Material cultures are things that are physical and nonmaterial are things that one cannot see. Material cultures are things that refer to physical objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture. These include homes, neighborhoods, cities, schools, churches, offices, factories and plants, tools, goods and products, stores, and so forth. Nonmaterial 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. These beliefs, then, determine how the culture responds to its religious topics, issues, and events. All of these physical aspects of a culture help to define its behaviors and perceptions.
In the story where Sarah was on her way to grab some coffee from a break from studying, I notice that she has a lot of non-material culture than material culture. She took a break from her study and decided to grab some coffee. She got into her car which was her new convertible Mercedes, and since car is transportation and a physical object it is consider a material. So as Sarah was on her way to the coffee shop she received a text message, and now we know that she has a cell phone with her which is another material object. As she looked down at her cell phone to see the message she didn’t notice that she ran a stop sign, and that’s when the police pulled her over.
The officer had a thick Southern accent which made it a non material culture for using language. As Sarah was handing the officer her driver license and insurance she realized that she was wearing her Spring break t-shirt, she then started to shout out to the officer that she is a college student, and that she hasn’t been drinking at all, she...


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