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Definition of Material Culture

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

Examples of Material Culture

  • clothing
  • tools

Material Culture Pronunciation

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  • “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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Reference

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

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Cite the Definition of Material Culture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “material culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (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 August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/material-culture/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“material culture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/material-culture/>.