material culture

(noun) The physical objects that belong to or were created by a group.

Examples:

  1. clothing
  2. tools

Audio Pronunciation: (ma·te·ri·al cul·ture)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: material cultures

Related Quotation:

  • “At the most basic level, material culture is important because it is our buffer against the environment. For example, we create shelter to protect ourselves from the weather and give ourselves privacy” (Kendall 2006:45-46).

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References

Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.

 

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How to Cite the Definition of Material Culture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “material culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/material-culture/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

material culture. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/material-culture/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “material culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/material-culture/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“material culture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/material-culture/>.