Material Culture and Non-material Culture

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Culture and Non-Material Culture

Material culture refers to the physical features that define a particular culture, society, or group, such as homes, schools, businesses, churches, nightlife, etc. These structures develop a perceptual schema of describing the members and overall atmosphere of a society. For example, Penticton, BC is known as “Penticton & Wine Country” because of the vast vineyards.

On the other hand, non-material culture refers to the non-physical aspects (languages, symbols, norms, values) of a culture or society which serve to define the feelings, morals, or beliefs of the people in that group. Southern Alberta has a dominant Mormon population of approximately 10, 000 people. As a result, perceptions of people in those areas are conceived based on their religious background.

See Also



Dominant Culture

High Culture

Ideal Culture and Real Culture

Mass Culture