Society and Culture: What Is a Society?

According to sociologists, a society is a group of people with
common territory, interaction, and culture. Social groups consist of two or more
people who interact and identify with one another.

  • Territory: Most countries have formal boundaries and territory that the
    world recognizes as theirs. However, a society’s boundaries don’t have to be geopolitical
    borders, such as the one between the United States and Canada. Instead, members of a society,
    as well as nonmembers, must recognize particular land as belonging to that society.

    Example: The society of the Yanomamo has fluid but definable land boundaries. Located in a
    South American rain forest, Yanamamo territory extends along the border of Brazil and
    Venezuela. While outsiders would have a hard time determining where Yanomamo land begins and
    ends, the Yanomamo and their neighbors have no trouble discerning which land is theirs and
    which is not.

  • Interaction: Members of a society must come
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Contemporary Japan: Society and Culture

The Japanese archipelago — with more than one thousand islands in all — spans diverse living environments: snowy mountains in the northern island of Hokkaido; bustling cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka; tropical rice paddies in southern Kyushu. In the video segments below, Harvard University professors Theodore Bestor (anthropology) and Helen Hardacre (Japanese society and religion) describe the character of both urban and rural life in Japan.  
Click to view video segments on the following topics, or click here to read a transcript of all five segments.
· Tokyo · Volunteer Fire Departments · Neighborhood Associations
· Neighborhoods, Crime, and Police · Rural Life  
Although Japanese family roles have changed considerably in the 20th century, aspects of the traditional ie, or “continuing family,” still remain. The Japanese have a saying that even if an extended family does not live together, parents and grandparents should live near enough to
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Vietnam – Political Culture

Vietnam Table of Contents

Vietnam’s political culture has been determined by a number of
factors of which communism is but the latest. The country’s political
tradition is one of applying borrowed ideas to indigenous conditions. In
many ways, Marxism-Leninism simply represents a new language in which to
express old but consistent cultural orientations and inclinations.
Vietnam’s political processes, therefore, incorporate as much from the
national mythology as from the pragmatic concerns engendered by current

The major influences on Vietnamese political culture were of Chinese
origin. Vietnam’s political institutions were forged by 1,000 years of
Chinese rule (111 B.C. to A.D. 939). The ancient Chinese system, based
on Confucianism, established a political center surrounded by loyal
subjects. The Confucians stressed the importance of the village,
endowing it with autonomy but clearly defining its relationship to the
center. Those who ruled did so with the “mandate of heaven.”
Although they were

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Difference Between Society and Culture

Society vs Culture


 Many people are confused about the difference between the two concepts of Society and Culture as they think they are the same and often use them interchangeably. However, there are differences between the terms Society and Culture. These two terms are commonly encountered in the writings of sociologists and are used in daily life too. First let us define the terms of society and culture. Society is where a group of individuals lives and interact with others. Culture, on the other hand, is the way of life of these people. This includes the norms, values, mores, customs and traditions, etc. This is the basic difference between a society and culture. Through this article, readers can better appreciate these words after getting a better understanding of the difference between the two terms.

What is Society?

Society refers to the population, civilization, or

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The Culture and Politics of Graffiti Art

Art Crimes: The Culture and Politics of Graffiti Art

Timothy Werwath

Mar. 19, 2006

This independent research paper is © copyright 2006 Timothy Werwath. He
wrote the paper as a senior at Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, MD, USA.

“People with money can put up signs … if you don’t have money you’re marginalized…you’re not allowed to express yourself or to put up words or messages that you think other people should see. Camel (cigarettes), they’re up all over the country and look at the message Camel is sending…they’re just trying to keep the masses paralyzed so they can go about their business with little resistance.”
— Eskae

Cover Page: BreakOne and Boki in Eger, Hungary
9 Oct. 2004. Art Crimes. .
Figure 1


Wild-style graffiti. Grand Rapids Street Art. .

“Graffiti writing breaks the hegemonic hold of corporate/governmental style over the urban environment and the situations

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Understanding the Difference Between Society & Culture – Video & Lesson Transcript

This lesson will seek to explain the difference between society and culture. In doing so, it will also highlight the concept of norms and what role they play in both society and culture.

Differing Terms

When studying anthropology, it’s pretty rare to make it through a lesson without hearing the word culture or society. In fact, they’re so commonly used that most people tend to think they mean the same thing. However, when it comes to using them in official anthropological terms, this is not quite true.

In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at these two words and try to nail down their proper use. As we do this, I must admit it’s gonna seem like we’re sort of splitting hairs when it comes to the differences. However, just in case you’re ever stuck sitting at a table with an anthropologist, today’s lesson will come in handy!


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