material culture

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

Example: Clothing and tools.

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

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: material cultures

Related Quotations:

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