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SURVEY RESEARCH

  • Characteristic research procedure among social scientists other than anthropologists.
  • Studies society through sampling, statistical analysis, and impersonal data collection.

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SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

  • A nineteenth century concept that the strongest survive. Often called "Social Darwinism."
  • "Survival of the fittest" misrepresents the process of natural selection.
  • The mechanism of natural selection is reproductive fitness, those who produce offspring.
  • Social Darwinism refers to being the most powerful, which is not the mechanism for natural selection.

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SUSTAINABLE

Being able to continue into the future.

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SYMBOL

Something, verbal or nonverbal, that arbitrarily and by convention stands for something else, with which it has no necessary or natural connection.

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SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM

  • A body of theory that emphasises the organisation of everyday social life around events and actions that act as symbols to which actors orient themselves.
  • Interactionists frequently study this through observation of face to face interaction and a preferred method for doing this is ethnography.

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SYMBOLIC RACISM

A blend of negative affect and traditional moral values embodied in e.g., the Protestant ethic; underlying attitudes that support racist positions.

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SYMBOLS

Physical objects, colors, sounds, movements, scents which convey information through an arbitrary or culturally assigned meaning.

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SYNCRETISM

  •  Blending traits from two different cultures to form a new trait.
  • Also called fusion.
  • This occurs when a subordinate group moulds elements of a dominant culture to fit its own traditions.

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SYNCRETISMS

  • Cultural blends, or mixtures, including religious blends, that emerge from acculturation, particularly under colonialism, such as African, Native American, and Roman Catholic saints and deities in Caribbean vodun, or "voodoo," cults; the exchange of cultural features when cultures come into continuous firsthand contact.
  • Taboo-Set apart as sacred and off-limits to ordinary people; prohibition backed by supernatural sanctions.

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SYNTAX

The arrangement and order of words in phrases and sentences.

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SYSTEMATIC SURVEY

Information gathered on patterns of settlement over a large area; provides a regional perspective on the archaeological record.

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TABOO

  • Is a strong social prohibition with grave consequences about certain areas of human activity or social custom.
  • The term originally came from the Tongan language.
  • The first recorded usage in English was by Captain James Cook in 1777.
  • Some examples of taboo are dietary restrictions such as halal or kosher, restrictions on sexual activities such as incest, bestiality or animal-human sex, necrophilia or sex with the dead etc.

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TERMINOLOGY SYSTEMS

  • The terminology used to refer to cousins. Two-thirds of all world cultures can be classified according to six kinship systems-Hawaiian, Eskimo, Crow, Omaha, Iroquois, Sudanese.
  • The text defines these systems.

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TEXT

  • Although this term includes the kind of thing we usually mean by 'text' (eg, a written document) under the conditions of the literary turn, structuralism and poststructuralism the term can be applied to almost any object in the world.
  • Semioticians, for example, have considered items as diverse as wrestling matches and Coca Cola cans as 'texts', worthy of analysis for their cultural connotations.

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THEOCRACY

A form of state political organization in which the government is based on religious offices.