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Intro Unit Vocab

Sections 1, 2 and 3

culture the beliefs, social behaviors and products of a group
subculture a smaller cultural group with beliefs and behaviors that set it apart from the dominant culture surrounding it
cultural universals behaviors and beliefs shared by all humans
race a human category based on physical traits a category of humans that share certain physical traits
ethnicity a large group of people categorized by common cultural traits
sterotype when one group shares an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment of another group
nationality legal membership to a particular country; nationality can also refer to a cultural group that lacks political independence
legacy the long-term effects of a past event
identity the characteristic(s) of a person or group that sets them apart from others
tradition the handing-down of cultural beliefs and behaviors from one generation to another
modernity beliefs and behaviors influenced by recent developments, rather than tradition
empathy to understand and share the feelings of another; to place yourself in someone else’s shoes
sympathy to feel sorry for another
ethnocentric to have a viewpoint strongly influenced by your own culture or ethnicity; being unable to understand or appreciate the viewpoint of another culture
prejudice an uninformed judgment or opinion
globalization The mixing of economies and societies around the world
socio-economic a combination of the words “social” and “economic”; the phrase is used because social and economic issues are difficult to separate.
cultural diffusion the spread of cultural traits
cultural fusion the joining of cultural traits
migration the movement of people, often across cultural lines
demographics statistics that describe a certain population
environment Your surroundings, and how they influence your development



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