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Culture and Identity

This complete textbook chapter covers:

1. Different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, high and low culture, popular culture, global culture.

2. The Socialisation Process and the Role of Agencies of Socialisation.

3. Sources and Different Conceptions of the Self, Identity and Difference.

4. The Relationship of Identity to Age, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Nationality, Sexuality and Social Class in

Contemporary Society.

5. Leisure, consumption and identity.

Theories of Culture

Coverage of Consensus and Conflict-based Structuralist theories; High and low culture; Elite theory; Folk culture; Pluralist perspectives; Humanistic Marxism; Interactionism and the social construction of meaning.

Cultural Diversity

Looks at the problem of existence; structural and cultural universals; Ethnocentrism and cultural relativity; Reactive and independent subcultural types.


Interactionist and Structuralist perspectives on Self-development that includes discussion of: The development of Self; The "I" and the "Me"; The social construction of Self and Identity; The presentation of Self.

Sources of Identity

Exploring different sources of identity in terms of: Gender; Age; Region; Ethnicity; Social class.


Culture and Identity


Introductory | Deviance | Identity | Education | Family | Global | Media |

Methods | Politics | Inequality | Theory | Religion | Welfare

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