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Material Culture in Sociology

In this lesson, we look at the study of material objects and how they take on meaning in a culture. You'll learn about insights that can be gained...

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This week in lecture we discussed how materialistic our culture is.  We discussed the Jones Effect--where you keep wanting the newest trends, and wanting what others have, yet you don't actually have a need for it. I found this article... more »This week in lecture we discussed how materialistic our culture is.  We discussed the Jones Effect--where you keep wanting the newest trends, and wanting what others have, yet you don't actually have a need for it. I found this article interesting because it explains the concept of letting material objects hold representative values. People in materialistic cultures tend to give objects such a high power for what they "represent"--being cool, or wealthy.  For example, people want the newest technology so they look fancy and people will think highly of them.  They think that buying the newest trend will make them happy/make others like them. Yet, a phone or computer does not have the capability to actually make one happy.  Only people can do that. 02-01-2017 12:12pm

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