nonmaterial culture

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

Examples:

  1. language
  2. norms
  3. symbols
  4. values

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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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How to Cite the Definition of Nonmaterial Culture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nonmaterial culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nonmaterial-culture/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nonmaterial culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/nonmaterial-culture/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“nonmaterial culture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nonmaterial-culture/>.