Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses material and non-material cultures. Culture is what defines the importance that we attach to our lives and it is the same thing that denotes standards of beauty, success, and goodness as well as the respect for celestial power, the cosmic powers, or the importance that we accord to long-dead ancestors. Although people often speak about human nature, it is worth noting that no single culture in the world is natural to human beings. However, various people choose to view their way of life as inherent to their human nature (Gerber & Macionis 24).
Sociologists have for a long time been trying to differentiate between nonmaterial culture, which is the intangible developments of human society such as languages and religion, and material culture, which is the physical products of the human community. The immaterial and material culture is then combined to create the mirror through which human beings are able to comprehend and analyze what is happening around them. The thing that sets human beings apart from other species is their ability to create culture, which they learn as members of a larger society. Culture is more ingrained among people and they, therefore, rely more heavily on it as compared to instincts for their survival. This is what sets them apart from other species that rely more on their instincts for their survival (Gerber & Macionis 24).
Each culture brings together varied human developments that are termed by sociologists as artifacts while the material and the non-material elements of culture are intertwined. The objects that are designed and utilized by a certain community basically mirror their cultural ideals. The material culture depicts not only the values that society has but it is also inclusive of technology. Technology in this aspect is used in the application of cultural knowledge to the duty of residing in a physical environment. Since high value is placed on science and the refined technology it has brought along, American’s are more apt to branding cultures that have .less complicated technology as backward (Kuchler & Miller 110).