What are some artifacts/material objects that reflect our modern American cultural era

During this second week, we have been focusing on the concept of culture and all its material and technological components. After you have read the textbook and lectures assigned for this week, please respond to the following questions:

  • What is material culture?
  • What are some artifacts/material objects that reflect our modern American cultural era?
  • Are there any objects in your home that reflect a different culture and/or era?
  • How does technology impact and define culture?

PART B

  1. Do you agree with the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that language shapes our perception of ourselves and of our reality? Why or why not? For example, does language impact how we think about gender, race, and/or ethnicity? If so, how so? If not, why not?
  2. Explain the concept of culture shock by imagining that a person who lived in the United States in the 1860s time traveled to the United States of today. What are some aspects of American culture that might shock this visitor? Are there any aspects of American culture that might not be surprising?
  3. What does “socialization” mean? Why is the family considered by most sociologists and psychologists to be the most important agent of socialization? Do you agree? What do you think are some other significant agents of socialization?
  4. Consider the psychological and sociological theories of human development and socialization. Which do you find the most compelling, and why? Be sure to briefly explain the theory you chose in your response.

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