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Local Culture, Popular Culture, and Cultural Landscapes. Chapter 4. Key Question 1:. What are Local and Popular Cultures?. Culture. Group of belief systems, norms & values practiced by a people. “way of life” (de la Blache) “attitudes, objectives and technical skills of a people”

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Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

Local Culture, Popular Culture, and Cultural Landscapes

Chapter 4


What are local and popular cultures

Key Question 1:

What are Local and Popular Cultures?


Culture

Culture

Group of belief systems, norms & values practiced by a people.

  • “way of life” (de la Blache)

  • “attitudes, objectives and technical skills of a people”

  • Human traits acquired through formal or informal learning process

  • Specialized behavioral patterns, understandings, adaptations, and social systems that summarized a group’s LEARNED way of life.


Folk vs local vs pop

Folk vs. Local vs. Pop

Folk Culture:

small, encompasses a homogeneous population, is typically rural, and is cohesive in cultural traits

All FOLK cultures are LOCAL, but not all LOCAL cultures are FOLK!!


Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

Hutterite Colonies

in North America

Are the Hutterites

an example of a

local culture?


Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

Why are

Hutterite

colonies

located

where

they are?


Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

Local Culture:

A group of people in a particular place who see themselves as a collective or a community, who share experiences, customs, and traits, and who work to preserve those traits and customs in order to claim uniqueness and to distinguish themselves from others.


Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

Popular Culture:

A wide-ranging group of heterogeneous people, who stretch across identities and across the world, and who embrace cultural traits such as music, dance, clothing, and food preference that change frequently and are ubiquitous on the cultural landscape.


Material vs non material culture

Material vs. Non-Material Culture

  • Material culture – of a group of people includes the things they construct, such as art, houses, clothing, sports, dance, foods (tangible items)

  • Non-Material culture – includes the beliefs, practices, aesthetics, and values of a group of people. (intangible items)


Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

How do cultural traits from local cultures become part of popular culture?

Madonna wearing a red string Kabbalah bracelet.


Local culture popular culture and cultural landscapes

How do cultural traits diffuse?

Hearth: the point of origin of a cultural trait.

Contagious diffusion

Hierarchical diffusion


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