nonmaterial culture

(noun) The abstract creations of society (e.g. attitudes, beliefs, ideas, norm, and values) that influence behavior and direct socialization.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: nonmaterial cultures
  • The four primary components of nonmaterial culture are language, norms, symbols, and values.
  • Nonmaterial culture is contrasted to material culture.
  • Variant form: non-material culture

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