Harry Potter and Culture

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Chapter 2
Sociology
Beyl
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All the shared products of human groups
Includes both physical objects, and the beliefs,
values, and behaviors shared by a group
Material culture vs. nonmaterial culture
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Technology
Symbols
Language
Values
Norms
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Society’s culture consists of not only physical
objects but also the rules for using those objects
Name some basic examples of technology in
our world
What about in Harry Potter’s world?
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A symbol has a shared meaning attached to it
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Words, gestures, images, sounds, etc
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Organization of written or spoken symbols
English principal language in the USA, but not
everyone speaks it
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Muggle
Horcrux
Pensieve
Parseltongue
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Shared beliefs about what is good or bad, right
or wrong
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Not all groups in society share the same values,
norms, and behaviors
Subcultures can form
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Chinatown; Little Havana
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Groups who reject the major values, norms,
and practices of the larger society
Examples are the Mafia, religious cults, KKK
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Challenges when moving from one culture to
another
Have you experienced culture shock?
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Transition between Wizard world to life with
Dursley’s
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