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Culture and society

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culture is the way of life shared by a group of people and in general refers to the knowledge beliefs and values that bind a society together so culture is very diverse and it may include things like artwork language and literature and these ways of thinking and feeling and behaving they're connected to a shared knowledge of a society and they allow the members of that society to gain meaning from the objects and ideas around them so when we talk about society we're referring to the way people organize themselves so society is talking about a bunch of people who live together usually have a specific geographic area and these people interact more with each other than they do with outsiders so society shares a common culture over time so to have an understanding of one of these concepts you really should have an understanding of them both so culture can be thought of as the rules that guide the way people live and society can be thought of as the structure that provides organization for people so to understand this relationship a little better let's look at a phone now phones are pretty much just computers that we bring around everywhere and we use them for so many different things now so there's a phone right here and so society includes key parts called institutions and examples include Family Education and politics and these only basic human needs so we can think of this as the hardware so we can think of society is the hardware so hardware is just anything physical that you can touch so it's any physical device so this would be the actual phone maybe even your protective phone case so these are the things you can hold in your hand now culture is a little bit different in a lot of respects and as we said culture provides guidelines for living so we can compare culture to the software of our phone so software is just a collection of instructions and code that are installed on your phone and they cannot physically be touched so we can think of these apps here as culture I'll just draw an arrow to one of these apps we can think of all these apps as culture so these apps so just as a reminder the physical phone is analogous to a society and the apps are like culture here so when we think about apps from one that we're first being made what they are capable of now we know that they are constantly being improved and oftentimes we get a pup dates where we get some new features or bug fixes so this is similar to culture in sociology because culture is learned and it's transmitted and it's reshaped from generation to generation so we can think of culture as constantly being updated so most things you do on your phone require you to use app so without the apps you would just have your physical phone you would have no way to use it for anything you would just be staring at a blank screen so apps allow the phones to be useful just as human ideas from culture allow society to work so human ideas are big in culture and they are what allow society to work over here so the physical phone represents society because it provides structure and software and apps represent culture because they provide the rules and input that make the societies run you know the apps are what make the phone run so the big takeaway is that society is just organized groups of people and culture is their way of life so these two are not the same thing but they cannot exist without each other so just as a phone cannot function without apps society cannot function without its culture