Social Event: The Concepts of Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Describe an event in the social world and relate that event to an event in your life. Which theory best applies to the event you describe?

Analyze the concepts of material and nonmaterial culture, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism. Relate this to your own experience or something you are hearing about in the news. For example, if you have traveled to another country, you might recount all of the cultural differences that you observed. Apply symbolic interaction to this experience by discussing how cultural symbols (gestures, etc.) mean different things in different cultures.